Conductors and presidents


Vice-Presidents:  André Previn and Michael Tilson Thomas

André Previn is perhaps America's best-known and most versatile musician. A conductor of the world's most esteemed orchestras, award-winning composer of orchestral, chamber, stage and film scores, pianist in chamber music and jazz, a prolific recording artist, and author and television host, Previn is familiar to millions around the world.
A prolific recording artist with all major labels in symphonic, chamber music and jazz, Previn is especially well known for his interpretations of British and Russian symphonic repertoire - among them cycles of Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Prokofiev. Recordings with the London Symphony Chorus include Walton Belshazzar's Feast , Orff Carmina Burana, Ravel L'enfant et les sortileges and Brahms German Requiem.

Michael Tilson Thomas was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra In 1969 after winning the Koussevitzky Prize at Tanglewood. That same year he made his New York début and gained international recognition after replacing Music Director William Steinberg in mid-concert. He was later appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Boston Symphony, where he remained until 1974. From 1971 to 1977 he conducted the nationally televised New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts. He was Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic from 1971 to 1979 and was a Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1981-1985. He became Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in September 1995 having been its Principal Conductor from 1988, having made his London début with the Orchestra in 1970. He joined the San Francisco Symphony as its music director back in 1995 and in the decade since has gathered around him a loyal audience who are prepared to be challenged by - and who positively respond to - his inspired programming policy.

Michael Tilson Thomas recorded extensively with the LSO, mostly on the Sony Classical label. Recordings with the London Symphony Chorus include Debussy Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien, Janácek Glagolitic Mass and Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms.

Patron: Simon Russell Beale

Simon Russell Beale is an actor at the top of his profession with a strong musical background and his biography follows.

Simon was born in Penang, Malalysia.  He became a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, then went to Clifton College before going to Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he received a First in English.  Simon was made a CBE in The Queen’s 2003 Birthday Honours List for his services to the arts.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis.  He holds honorary doctorates from Warwick University and City University, London.  He is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

Theatre includes: for the RSC, Konstantin in The Seagull, Ariel in The Tempest, Edgar in King Lear, Oswald in Ghosts,  Edward II and Richard II.  NT: Iago in Othello, Mosca in Volpone, Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Alfred Evelyn in Money, Hamlet (Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards), the lead in Humble Boy (also West End), George in Jumpers (also West End and Broadway), Candide (Olivier Award), Face in The Alchemist, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Undershaft in Major Barbara, Edward in A Slight Ache, Sir Harcourt Courtly in London Assurance.  Also, Vanya in Uncle Vanya and Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York – Olivier and Evening Standard Awards as well as a Village Voice Obie) and King Arthur in Spamalot  (Broadway and West End).  Simon was part of Sam Mendes’s first British/American theatre company, the Bridge Project, and appeared in A Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on an international tour, at the old Vic and finally at Epidaurus, throughout 2009.  Most recently Simon has been playing Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Television includes: A Dance to the Music of Time (Royal Television Society and BAFTA Awards), Persuasion, The Young Visitors, Dunkirk and Spooks.  He has also presented two series and a Christmas Special of Sacred Music for BBC4.

Radio includes: George Smiley in The Complete Smiley (BBC Radio 4).

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