The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society is delighted to present the New Year’s Concerts featuring the well-known orchestra, The European Sinfonietta, conducted by the eminent James Ham. The concerts are organised on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education and will take place at the John Mackintosh Hall Theatre on 3rd January 2019. The first one will be an Orchestral Concert for children at 5.30pm, followed by an adult concert at 8.30pm.
James Ham studied conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatory. Recent and future performances include concerts with the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Brandenburger Symphoniker, Ensemble Modern Akademie and education concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He was Conducting Fellow at the Lucerne Festival Academy for 2016 and held the Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire from 2013-15. From 2013-14, he was Conducting Fellow with Birmingham Royal Ballet during which time he led several performances in Birmingham and on tour. He is currently Principal Conductor of the London Orchestra Project, a chamber orchestra which he co-founded along with Stephen Bryant, concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2016, James has been mentored by Sakari Oramo and has assisted him on a number of projects with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other conductors he has assisted include Karel Mark Chichon, Garry Walker, Martin André and Kristjan Järvi. He has studied in international masterclasses with Sir Colin Davis, Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, Roger Norrington, Martyn Brabbins and Johannes Schlaefli, conducting orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester and Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the process.
The programme combines the best of the best: The cheerfully lively, but also somewhat reflective program of music with compositions by the Strauss dynasty and its contemporaries ensures a good start to the still young year.
The orchestral fun-filled concert for children and geared for the whole family will include a draw to give the chance to younger members of the audience to conduct the orchestra and instruments will be supplied to the younger members to perform with the orchestra during those pieces.
Tickets for the Orchestral Concert for children are free of charge for kids and their families. These free tickets can be collected at the City Hall, Mario Finlayson National Art Gallery reception. Tickets are limited to 6 per person. The attending children’s ID cards must be shown.
Tickets for the evening’s performance, priced at £20 will be available from Sacarello’s Coffee Shop in Irish Town, the Silver Shop at 222 Main Street or from the Society on 200 72134 or http://www.buytickets.gi. A limited number of tickets priced at £10 for Senior Citizens and Students will be available from the City Hall, Mario Finlayson National Art Gallery reception.
During the holidays from 23rd December to 2nd January the tickets for the Children’s concert and Senior citizen’s tickets can be reserved via telephone on +350 56011000.