2016 was indeed a landmark year for the Arabian Youth Orchestra. We were immensely proud to welcome Peter Stark as our resident conductor and celebrated soprano Lisa Milne as our guest soloist. For the first time we held our Abu Dhabi concert in the sublime auditorium of Zayed University and broadcast both or our concerts live on Facebook too!
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III. Alla marcia
Four Cornish Dances
III. Con moto e sempre parodia
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
Ruhe, meine Seele
Soloist: Lisa Milne
Hon DMus, Hon FTCL, Hon ARAM, GRSM, ARCM
Peter Stark’s performances as a conductor are exhilarating, imaginative and inspiring. At the heart of all his work lies a passion and commitment to the study and practice of music to profit humanity. Peter is Professor of Conducting at London's Royal College of Music and has taught over five hundred private students. His acclaimed courses in conducting have taken him across the world and his reputation as a teacher is renowned.
Whilst having performed with a number of the world’s leading ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, The Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter fosters a hunger to work with any orchestra that plays with spirit and enthusiasm.
Peter's growing media profile includes his appointment as series consultant to the popular BBC television series ‘Maestro’ and regular screen appearances as a mentor. For this role, Peter was responsible for the training of eight celebrity ‘students’, as orchestral conductors. Peter has since made live ‘Maestro’ webcam commentaries for the BBC Proms and a subsequent TV series.
In addition to Peter’s work at the Royal College of Music in London, he is also Rehearsal Director of the European Union Youth Orchestra. He has conducted many youth orchestras, such as the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra (Principal Conductor since 1994), the New South Wales Public Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and the Toyota City Junior Orchestra in Japan. Peter also holds the post of Principal Conductor of the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra. Between 1985 and 2010 Peter was Conductor-in-Residence to the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Peter is honoured to have had the privilege of assisting many of the world’s finest conductors including Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Lord Menuhin, Sir Roger Norrington and Klaus Tennstedt. His numerous awards include the Tagore Gold Medal from the Royal College of Music and Honorary Doctor of Music from the University of the West of England in recognition of outstanding contribution to music.
Plans for the forthcoming year include further masterclasses at the China Conservatory in Beijing and the State Conservatory at St Petersburg, a second appearance at the Youth Artists’ Festival at Bayreuth in Germany and a return to Oman. He will also be conducting a concert in the Valdres Festival, Norway with the Young Philharmonic Orchestra, in association with the Olso Philharmonic Orchestra. EUYO auditions, as well as residencies in Switzerland and Austria, add to the increasingly important role that foreign work plays in Peter’s work. He is also researching and drafting the first of two planned books based on his experiences as a conductor and an educationalist.
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The Scottish soprano Lisa Milne studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2005. A renowned recitalist, she has appeared at the Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh and City of London festivals, the Oxford Lieder Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and at the Schumannfeste in Dusseldorf. She is regularly partnered by Malcolm Martineau with whom she has performed and recorded a variety of repertoire.
In opera, her appearances have included Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and Pamina, Marzelline (Fidelio), Micäela (Carmen) and the title roles in Rodelinda and Theodora at the Glyndebourne Festival. Her many roles at the English National Opera have included Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), the title role in Alcina and Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress). At the Welsh National Opera she created the role of Sian in the world premiere of James MacMillan’s opera The Sacrifice and, for the Scottish Opera, she has sung the title role in Semele, Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Susanna and Ilia (Idomeno). She has also appeared with the Dallas Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Royal Danish Opera, at the Göttingen Handel Festival, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and on tour with the Salzburg Festival.
Equally in demand on the concert platform, highlights have included appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Levine, the Berlin Philharmonic with Rattle, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with Gergiev, the Dresden Staatskapelle with Ticciati, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with Chung, the Accademia Santa Cecilia with Adès, the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Jurowski, the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Fischer and the New York and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras with Harding.