New Year’s Concert 

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 7 January 2020. The first one will be an Orchestral Concert for children at 5.30pm, followed by an adult concert at 8.30pm.

New Years 2020 Poster

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 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.


As assistant conductor, he has worked on a production of Handel’s Belshazzar and also assisted on English Touring Opera’s L’Assedio di Calais. James has conducted workshops with the Komische Oper Berlin, Magdeburg Theater and Staatsoper Cottbus. As Conducting Fellow with Birmingham Royal Ballet, he conducted performances of The Nutcracker, Coppélia and The Grand Tour.


Other orchestras James has conducted include the Bochum Symphoniker, Jena Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra do Algarve, Lucerne Festival Strings and New London Orchestra. Since 2016, James has assisted Sakari Oramo on a number of projects with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has also assisted Karel Mark Chichon with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie.


James studied in international masterclasses with Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, Martyn Brabbins, Roger Norrington, Johannes Schlaefli and Nicolas Pasquet, conducting orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, London Sinfonietta and Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the process.


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 family group. 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 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 5601 1000.