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Patron: Nicholas Daniel

President: Adrienne Cleary

Conductor: Andrew Parnell

Leader: Ceri Peterson

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On this page we profile some of the key personnel of Wymondham Symphony Orchestra - our Musical Director, President, Patron and Leader.

Andrew Parnell

Musical Director - Andrew Parnell

An organist and choral director by training and background, Andrew started orchestral conducting in earnest in 1984 when he was appointed Conductor of the St. Albans Symphony Orchestra. Under his direction SASO developed a reputation as a first rate local symphony orchestra mounting up to five varied concerts a year in different venues in the community. A hallmark of his program was the juxtaposition of established classical works with less familiar and unjustly neglected repertoire.

Andrew has established a base in East Anglia, from where he is pursuing a freelance career as conductor, organist and composer. In 2002 he was appointed Conductor of Ely Choral Society and this September takes the post of Principal Conductor of Cambridgeshire Choral Society. He is also a regular guest conductor of Carillon, a St Albans-based chamber choir. During the last three years, he has worked as Acting Assistant Organist in five cathedrals and continues to fulfill many engagements as organ soloist and accompanist. As a church music composer, he keeps as busy as time allows, with works performed in many cathedrals and churches here and abroad, and in the catalogues of four publishers.

Ceri Peterson

Leader - Ceri Peterson

Ceri Peterson comes from a musical family and started to play the piano at the age of four and the violin when she was eight.

Ceri studied music at Birmingham University. During her time at Birmingham she gained an LTCL in violin performance, led the university orchestras and performed as a soloist in Bach’s fourth Brandenburg concerto.

Ceri began her career in education as a peripatetic violin and viola teacher in South Humberside and later the East Riding of Yorkshire. She then moved to Norfolk with her husband and young family in 2000 and since then has been teaching for the Norfolk Music Service. In January 2012 she became the String Co-ordinator for the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra, training the string section and supporting the young players. She is an active participant in the local music scene, having been a regular member of the Norwich Philharmonic. She also performs with the Academy of St Thomas and Norwich Pops Orchestra.

Nicholas Daniel

Patron - Nicholas Daniel

We are delighted to have such a distinguished internationally renowned musician as our Patron.

At the age of 18 Nick won the BBC's prestigious Young Musician of the Year Competition. Since then he has been heard in recital on almost every continent, and has been a concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Netherlands and Bavarian Radio Orchestras. He has been a guest artist with every BBC orchestra and has appeared several times at the BBC Proms. Nick co-founded Britten Sinfonia as Principal Oboe and regularly appears as soloist and director with them. He is also a founding member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble, and plays regularly with pianist Julius Drake.

Nick has premiered many works, including such luminaries as Henri Dutilleux, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Michael Tippett, and John Woolrich. Additionally, composers such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, John Taverner, Oliver Knussen, Michael Berkeley and David Matthews have written pieces especially for him.

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President - Adrienne Cleary ARCM

Born in Wiltshire Adrienne has lived in both Suffolk and Norfolk. She studied at the Royal College of Music and for all her working life she has been teaching piano and recorder privately and at Old Hall School, Hethersett, and Wymondham College in Norfolk. She was a founder member of the Friends of Norfolk Youth Music (FONYM), running workshops for young musicians, and is frequently invited to be a guest conductor of the Norfolk Recorder Society.

She founded the Wymondham Symphony Orchestra in 1984 and has kept busy behind the scenes not only as secretary for the first ten years and then its President. She is also an active member of the orchestra playing piano, celeste and percussion.

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