Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra

Shrewsbury Orchestral Society

Conductor

John Moore read music at the University of East Anglia and The Royal Academy of Music. He studied with Sidney Harrison and Alexander Kelly for piano as well as Professor Peter Aston with whom he studied conducting. At the Academy John studied as a repetiteur and accompanist. John has combined his professional and teaching life over the last twenty years or so in a busy round of conducting, performing and composing in many musical genres. John has also written a considerable amount of music for BBC1 & Channel 4 children's programmes, as well as composing six youth musicals for Shrewsbury School, where he has been Director of Music since 1989. Several of the T.V. programmes have won awards at the New York T.V. & Film Festival.

John Moore

John Moore

Of his musicals, "Jekyll!" won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995 and "The Lost Domain" and “The Bubble” were performed at the Linbury Studio Theatre at Covent Garden "The Time Machine" was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 1997. His musical, "The Bubble", written with authors Julian Roach and Peter Hankin, was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving excellent notices. It is being presented there again once more this summer. "Frankenstein" was also performed in Edinburgh and at the Royal College of Music. John's most recent musical is "Harry" which too has received excellent reviews.

John is currently Director of Music at Shrewsbury School where he regularly conducts a large choral society of 150 voices in concerts of major choral works. He is Chairman of the Shrewsbury Summer Season Steering Group, and guest conductor with the Eighteenth Century Concert Orchestra and Chorus. He is also Musical Director of Opera Severn and conducts the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra. For several years, John was also a founder member of Three Men in a Bow Tie, and has recently written the music for two plays penned by fellow Bow Tie artiste, Martin Jones, as well as having created two seasonal entertainments for chorus, narrator and orchestra with Chris Eldon-Lee, also of the Bow Ties.


Leader

Alex Postlethwaite is a freelance violinist based in the West Midlands. He is in much demand as orchestral leader, chamber musician, soloist and recording artist having worked with top chart acts, including appearances on Top of the Pops, BBC, Channel 4, and French channel TF1.

 

Musically one of his passions is modern and contemporary music. For ten years he ran and led the Richmond Chamber Symphony, a group dedicated to playing the chamber orchestra music of the Twentieth Century, with whom he performed Schnittke’s 3rd Violin Concerto and Kaija Saariaho’s Nocturne as soloist. Alex leads the Alexandria Ensemble whose recent concert performances include Martinu’s Piano Trio, John McCabe Musica notturno, and Schnittke Moz-Art.

 

He also plays with the Blaze Ensemble performing chamber recitals around London including St James, Piccadilly and St.Martin-in-the-fields. His favourite place is in the depths of an opera pit and leads many operatic groups including Park Opera, Guildford Opera, Windsor and Eton, and touring around stately homes in the UK with Candlelight Opera Company. He was also guest leader with the London Shostakovich Orchestra in 2015 and more recently in the West Midlands he has lead the British Police Symphony Orchestra.

 

In 2008 he was fortunate to be asked to lead “Toccata”, a charitable touring musical production company; with them he has toured Zambia, India, Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland and Kenya playing dozens of shows and raising money for a number of charities in those countries.

 

As a soloist, he has performed concerti by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Schnittke, Bartok, Ravel, Szymanowski, Vivaldi, Mozart (including the Sinfonia Concertante with his wife Jane) and the Beethoven Triple with fellow members of the Toccata band – a far cry from the ‘cheese’ of Broadway and pop music from the seventies and eighties! Hobbies include staying up late with his telescope (amateur astronomy), staying active (containing three youngish children) and mashing malt (brewing beer). His violin is a 1732 copy of a Guarneri which he calls Kylie.

 

Recent groups leading:
British Police Symphony Orchestra
Bearwood Opera
Dorking Philharmonia
London Shostakovich Orchestra
Blaze Ensemble
Epsom Light Opera
Park Opera
Guildford Opera
Maidenhead Operatic Soc.
Windsor and EToN Opera
South East London Orchestra (as dep)
Sainsbury Singers (annual shows)
Epsom College Choral Society
Thames Philharmonia

Alex Postlethwaite

Alex Postlethwaite