Richard Howarth is President and Chief Guest Conductor of the Alderley Edge
Richard has had a distinguished career as a violinist, leading and directing
orchestras for over twenty years. He brings to conducting a wealth of
experience and dynamism to inspire both musicians and audiences.
Richard is as comfortable working with elite orchestras as he is training and
educating amateur and youth groups. He has conducted Manchester Camerata, the
Ulster Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the London, Scottish
and Manchester Concert Orchestras and, from the violin, has directed Manchester
Camerata and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Richard trained as a violinist at the Royal College of Music in London, Richard
worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra
and as Leader of the Ulster Orchestra before becoming Leader of Manchester
He has been a guest leader with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the
BBC Scottish and Welsh Symphony Orchestras, the BBC Philharmonic, the Halle,
Orchestra of St John's Smith Square, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, East of
England Orchestra and Bournemouth Sinfonietta.
Spanish conductor Juan Ortuño is a Masters graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music where he
studied with Clark Rundell and
Juan is developing an exciting career in the UK where he has worked with
professional orchestras such as the Manchester Camerata, the Royal Scottish
National Orchestra, and the Sappha Ensemble. He has also worked across Europe
with the Kammerphilharmonie Graz, and Orquestra Simfònica del Vallés among others. Recently he was finalist in the "Luigi Mancinelli" International
Opera Conducting Competition in Orvieto.
Juan started music lessons in Madrid with his parents, both performers in the
Spanish National Radio and Television Choir. His first ambition was
astrophysics in which he obtained a Bachelors Degree. He then decided to focus
on a career in music and was awarded degrees in Orchestral and Choral
conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. During this time he attended
several conducting master classes with Benjamin Zander, George Hurst, Martyn
Brabbins, and Antoni Ros-Marbà. In 2006, he was selected to take part in the young conductors' project of the
Spanish Youth Orchestra (Joven Orquesta Nacional de España) and since then has continued working with them as guest conductor in concert
Miles started conducting almost five years ago by taking occasional rehearsals
at Macclesfield Light Orchestra and more recently with the Alderley Edge
Orchestra. Earlier this year he was appointed Musical Director of the
Altrincham Concert Orchestra.
From 1st April, Miles will also be Music Director of Congleton Youth Orchestra.
Miles will be taking on the major challenge of conducting our Workshop
performance of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony on 27th February 2016, and he will also be conducting other
preliminary rehearsals throughout the season.
Miles is second clarinet in the Alderley Edge Orchestra,.
Orr Guy studied orchestral conducting with maestro Yi-An Xu at the
Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University. In 2013 he won first prize
at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music chamber music competition for his
performance of Igor Stravinsky's Histoire Du Soldat suite.
In September 2014 he was awarded a conducting scholarship by the America Israel
In July 2016 he was accepted to the Weimar conducting masterclass (Germany)
under the guidance of Prof. Nicolás Pasquet (Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar) and was chosen to continue into the course’s second phase where he conducted the Leipzig Radio Orchestra (MDR
Since September 2016, Orr has been studying for his M.Mus in Conducting with
professors Clark Rundell and Mark Heron at the Royal Northern College of Music.
He has participated in master classes with conductors Nicolás Pasquet, Lior Shambadal, Sir Mark Elder, Yuval Zorn, Lutz Köhler, Howard Williams and Zsolt Nagy.
Orr has led rehearsals and concerts with (Israel), Classica orchestra (Israel)
and Oldham Symphony Orchestra.
Orr is supported by the Margarete and Walther Lichtenstein fund (Basel) and he
is a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.
The Alderley Edge Orchestra