Venue: Saturday 28th November 2009, 7:30pm
Tickets: £10, £8 (Concessions), £20 (family: 2 adults and 2 children under 16 years old)
By Telephone: Box Office on 020 8977 7558
Thames Philharmonia was founded by Byung-Yun Yu in 1998 as Surrey Classic Players, with Alexander Postlethwaite as leader and Marsha Young as chairman. In the year 2000 the name was changed to Thames Philharmonia. The orchestra has weekly rehearsals in Kingston-upon-Thames, and performs three or four concerts a year, in St. John's Smith Square and local venues. Some concerts given in support of charities. The players are keen amateurs of all ages and professions, including teachers and students. Most concerts feature international young soloists from different nations of the world.
Sheida Davis cello
Amanda Lake Leader
Byung-Yun Yu conductor
Naresh Sohal Three Symphonic Sketches
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Sibelius Symphony No.2 in D major, Opus 43
SHEIDA DAVIS was appointed principal cello of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 1996 and was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 1998-99. From 2001-2004 she participated in the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme appearing at many prestigious venues and festivals throughout the UK. Sheida began learning the cello at the age of four with Wendy Max and her teachers have included Joan Dickson, Florence Hooton, David Strange and Stefan Popov. In July 2000 she graduated with first-class honours from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was awarded the Peter Latham Leaving Scholarship. She then completed a year of study at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Maria Kliegel and a Master of Music and Orchestral Studies Diploma with the Rochester Philharmonic at the Eastman School of Music in the USA, where she studied with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliot. As a chamber musician Sheida performed at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall, the Sándor Végh International Chamber Music Academy in Prague and the BBC Martinu and Spitalfields Festivals in London. Recent performances include at St. John's, Smith Square, St. James's Piccadilly, the National Portrait Gallery Evening Music Series and on BBC Radio 3's "In Tune".