Sunday at 9:00 p.m.
BROMLEY YOUTH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (United Kingdom)
TIM WELLS, conductor, artistic leader
The Bromley Youth Chamber Orchestra (BYCO) was formed in 1977 and consists of 42 young string players from the Bromley Youth Music Trust (BYMT), which is the nationally renowned independent music service and leading partner of Bromley’s Music Education Hub in South East London. The orchestra has a demanding concert schedule in the United Kingdom and annual summer tours abroad. BYCO members also play in the Bromley Youth Symphony Orchestra and other chamber ensembles, and regularly achieve places in the National Youth Orchestra. They have worked with many leading soloists: violinist Anthony Marwood, cellist Guy Johnston, pianist Philip Fowke and violinist Jan Schmolck, with whom they have played Piazzolla's Four Seasons in the UK and on tour in Slovakia and Italy. BYCO has regularly been awarded a place in the National Festival of Music for Youth and has performed in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Schools Prom. After their success in the international youth music festival in Vienna, the chairman of the jury described the BYCO as “a perfect professional orchestra.”
Tim Wells started learning the cello with William Bruce while a chorister at Westminster Cathedral. He continued at the Royal College of Music, Junior Department, and then at the Royal Academy of Music, London under Mats Lidström. He received a scholarship from Christ Church, Oxford. During his studies, he won numerous prizes and was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music as an alumnus who made a great contribution to the music profession. He has performed in Wigmore Hall and in many music festivals nationwide. He was Head of Strings at Eltham College and taught cello at Dulwich Prep London for many years before taking up the post as Head of Strings at Bromley Youth Music Trust. Tim Wells is also an avid arranger and composer and has composed a number of works for television, which have been published in several volumes and achieved international success. He examines for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.