Musical Director - Adam Whittaker
Adam Whittaker is an experienced conductor, lecturer, and musicologist.
His repertoire is wide ranging, with highlights including Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat mater, George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Nigel Clarke’s Gagarin, and Eric Whitacre’s Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!.
Adam received his PhD in Music from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2016 where he is Head of Pedagogy and a Lecturer in Music. He was recently a panellist on an edition of BBC Radio 3’s 'Music Matters' dedicated to music education, and has provided comment for national newspapers.
In Autumn 2019 Adam will take up the prestigious Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship in Music at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. He is also an accomplished pianist and accompanist, having accompanied a number of choirs and degree recitals.
Adam joined the orchestra in October 2017 and has led the orchestra in a number of ambitious programmes, bringing works by lesser-known composers to the fore alongside more established favourites.
Conductor - Angela Elizabeth Slater
Angela Elizabeth Slater works primarily as a UK-based composer as well pursuing significant other interests as a curator, scholar, flautist, conductor and the founder and artistic director of Illuminate Women’s Music.
In her AHRC-funded PhD in composition at University of Nottingham, Angela developed an interest in musically mapping different aspects of the natural world into the fabric of her music. She frequently associates these concepts and phenomena from the natural world with ideas of movement, forging close links between her gestural language and techniques found in dance.
Angela also thoroughly enjoys performing and conducting, both through her composition work and otherwise. Having attended prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) workshops with professional conductors Jessica Cottis and Sarah Tennant-Flowers, Angela has since conducted her own compositions for rehearsals and conducted a Birmingham-based amateur choir during 2017.
Recent significant composition achievements include being a Britten-Pears Young Artist through which Angela worked with Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews and Michael Gandolfi, developing Soaring in Stasis which received its premiere at 2018 Aldeburgh Festival. Her work Eye o da hurricane (for string quartet), was shortlisted in the British category ISCM world music days in 2017. Angela recently became the New England Philharmonic’s 2018 call for scores winner resulting in the world-premiere of her orchestral work Roil in Stillness in April 2019.
Angela also became the 2018 Young Composer of the Year for the London Firebird Orchestra, leading to a new work, Twilight Inversions, which received its world premiere on 11th June 2019. Angela was the 2019 Mendelssohn Scholar resulting in her furthering her studies with Michael Gandolfi at NEC this year. In June 2019 Angela has had further exciting performances including the Hildegard National Sawdust ensemble performing Shades of Rain for piano trio in Brooklyn, New York, followed by a world-premiere of her work Of Spheres by the Semiosis quartet as part of the IAWM conference at Berklee College of Music (Boston). Angela has also recently attended the prestigious Choreographer-Composer Lab at Phoenix Dance Theatre with the intention of furthering her artistic ambition and collaborative practices with other artforms.
You can visit her website at www.angelaslatercomposer.co.uk