Conductor – Stephen Scotchmer
Stephen studied Music at Bristol University and Conducting with Arthur Davison. During his many years as Musical Director of the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra he has conducted much of the standard repertoire, both orchestral and choral, including the full cycle of both Beethoven’s and Brahms’ symphonies. He has had the privilege of working with some of Britain’s finest musicians: Lesley Garrett, Kathryn Stott, Anthony Marwood, Martin Roscoe, James Lisney, Natalie Clein and Martino Tirimo.
As a composer, Stephen has written a children’s musical – ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ (Pub. MacMillan Ed.) a ‘cello concerto, a string quartet and string trio and many arrangements involving the ‘cello as soloist, or as part of an ensemble. The Amsterdam Sinfonietta performed his nine-part string arrangement of Mendelssohn’s Rondo Capriccioso and Martino Tirimo (with the Silesian String Quartet) gave the world premiere of his arrangement of Chopin’s Là Ci Darem La Mano at King’s Place in London. This performance was subsequently broadcast on Classic FM. Other significant compositions include his Fantasy for Orchestra, a performing edition of Beethoven’s First Violin Concerto and two symphonies.
In the past year, he has composed seven new compositions, including a third symphony, a clarinet concerto and has completed a commission from the Rivarate Choir. The clarinet concerto was recorded with the Brno Filharmonie in the Czech Republic at the beginning of April this year.
As a pianist, he enjoys accompanying his daughters, both of whom were, (at one time) full time members of the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra. Highlights have includ- ed playing the Greig Cello Sonata in the Wigmore Hall with Lucy and the Franck Violin Sonata in Leeds with Em- ma. This year he resumed conducting the New Year’s concert given by the Honhardt Camerata in southern Germany.
Leader – Sue Bint
Sue grew up in Wales, where she was a member of the National Youth Orchestra for several years. She studied violin and piano at the Royal Northern College of Music graduating GMusRNCM (Hons) and was the recipient of the Paul Mailles Award and the Montgomeryshire Society Music Prize. Postgraduate studies followed and Sue gained her PGCE, and later she was awarded MA in Applied Music Education with Distinction. Sue performed with the Endellion Festival Orchestra and has been fortunate to work with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder and Richard Hickox. Since living in Hampshire Sue has worked in a variety of roles for Hampshire Music Service and currently works with a cellist colleague to deliver weekly live music performances for children, as well as providing violin tuition and directing the Petersfield Area Schools’ String Orchestra. She is a member of the Rotherhurst Ensemble and the Speranza String Quartet, with whom she gives regular recitals. Sue feels privileged to examine throughout the UK and internationally for ABRSM.