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THE TEAM


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THE TEAM


 

Our team are our strength

As the orchestra is part of the Arts Group, we can provided services in addition to the orchestra and choir, ranging from orchestrations and arrangements through to producing a full scale concert with sound and lighting.  

The key players in the Arts Symphonic team are introduced to you here.

 
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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR


 

Robert D.C. Emery

artistic director

Award-winning Robert D.C. Emery is a multi-skilled musician, equally at home playing or conducting classical and light music.   His work has taken him all over the world conducting the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, British Philharmonic, National Symphony , Royal Liverpool PhilharmonicThe London Chorus, Japan Philharmonic, Basel Symphony , Singapore Lyric, Evergreen Philharmonic and the Central Aichi Orchestra.  He has worked alongside world-class musicians and artists, such as Sir Simon Rattle and Bernard Haitink through to Blur/Damon Albarn, Russell Watson and Petula Clark

Robert is highly in demand as an orchestrator and has recently provided arrangements and produced albums recorded at Abbey Road Studios and Clear Sound Studios, Los Angeles.  He is a specialist in the rock/pop crossover format, producing hit tours for Lovebugs/Basel Symphony and Seven/21st Century Orchestra; both in Switzerland.

His other work includes being the Chief Executive of The Arts Group Ltd which encompasses the UK’s leading one-to-one music tuition service, the Arts Academy; a creative production house, Arts Festivals; the partnered choir of Arts Symphonic, Arts Voices; and finally an artist agency, Arts Associates.

 
 
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LEADER


LEADER


 

Lizzie Ball

LEADER

Lizzie enjoys a multi-genre career as a violinist (and occasional vocalist) weaving between classical, jazz, rock and world music.  Besides leading Arts Symphonic since it's inception, she is also leader of Nigel Kennedy’s Orchestra of Life, a role for which she was handpicked by Kennedy.  As a solo artist, ensemble performer and orchestral leader , Lizzie has performed across the world from the Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, to the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Beacon Theatre in New York, as well as major Arts festivals in the UK, Europe, US and Latin America, including BBC Proms, Latitude Festival, Wilderness Festival, Morelia Arts, and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Lizzie’s creation of “Classical Kicks”, a unique night of classical music performance at the legendary Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in Soho, London (the first classical night in the clubs 55 year history) has been met with critical acclaim and is the perfect platform to marry exposure for up and coming artists with established artists, in which exciting new musical territory is explored crossing all genres. 

Lizzie has an MA in Music from St. Johns College, Cambridge and postgraduate performance diplomas from Royal College of Music/Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with renowned teachers Yossi Zivoni and David Takeno. She plays a Joseph Kantucsher violin (1967) and is delighted to be endorsed by Strymon pedals, AER amplifiers, and Thomastik strings, and Eastman Music LA.

 

 
 
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ORCHESTRAL MANAGER


ORCHESTRAL MANAGER


 

David Danford

orchestral manager

Dave Danford is a professional percussionist at heart, where his music covers a wide variety of genres including orchestral concerto performances, live concerts with Alfie Boe, Evelyn Glennie, Karl Jenkins, Bryn Terfel and Russell Watson, recording sessions with the Canadian vocal group Aliqua and Dru Masters (composer for The Apprentice, BBC), and musical theatre productions including the London Coliseum run of Bat Out of Hell The Musical.

His collaborations with former BBC Radio 1 DJ Judge Jules have been heard on dance floors all over the world, and other work in the dance music genre includes collaborations with producer Darren Tate, and a number of self produced projects under the artist name Reveri.

He has given masterclasses and performed solo recitals at a number of the UK's music conservatoires and universities (including the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama).

Dave's work as a composer, arranger and music producer covers many different genres. He writes accessible contemporary classical music (including Gweddi performed at the Welsh Proms in 2012 and his Cello Concerto, performed at St Davids Cathedral Festival in 2015), modernised traditional music (including arranging and directing the music for the opening ceremony of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in 2012) and works as a record producer for an array of bands and artists (including his own folk fusion project Adran D). His music is published by Alto Publications.

As an established orchestral contractor Dave is responsible for managing Arts Symphonic, British Sinfonietta, the Cinematic Sinfonia and the Welsh Session Orchestra.

 

 
 
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OPERATIONS DIRECTOR


OPERATIONS DIRECTOR


 

Amanda Michell

operations director

Amanda is a professional freelance horn player, working throughout the UK in both the classical and popular genres. As the Operations Director for Arts Symphonic, she brings together the roles of fixer, project manager and player, allowing her to use these different perspectives to the best advantage of each project.

Fully in control of the day-to-day running of the orchestra, she is constantly driving new projects forward for clients whilst scouring the country for exciting new talent to meet the demand generated by the creative and original events our clients expect.