19 May
10 am


Woodford Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 11 May 2019
10 am - 5 pm

Seven Kings United Free Church
Norfolk Road/Meads Lane IG3 8NU
& Leader
Woodford Symphony Orchestra invites all interested players to this workshop at a cost of £10.00  per person (free for under 18s), to be paid on arrival, led by Simon Ballard.

Simon enjoys a varied career as a musician, both as a performer and educator. Performances with his string quartet, the Billroth Quartet have taken him to concert halls and venues home and abroad, such as St Martin in the Fields and Cadogan Hall, as far away as Beijing Concert Hall, as well as in international waters, on board a cruise ship. His quartet also feature on every episode of Dave Gorman’s TV Show, “Modern Life is Goodish”. Other freelance music making opportunities have included performances in France, Belgium, Spain, Hungary and most recently Ireland, where he performed as part of RTE’s Concert Orchestra.

In February, Simon made his Concerto debut playing Malcolm Arnold's Viola Concerto with St Paul's Sinfonia to an audience including Malcolm Arnold's daughter, Katherine Arnold and other members of the Arnold Society as well as one of the foremost violists of our time, Rivka Golani (Simon’s former teacher), who recorded the work in collaboration with Arnold himself.

Simon worked for Trinity College of Music’s Junior department for several years before becoming more involved in adult music education. He made his conducting debut at the Bartók Festival in Hungary, and now directs an amateur string ensemble and orchestral workshops in Primrose Hill as well as being string coach / assistant conductor to north London’s Intermediate ‘Learning Orchestra’.

Whilst studying, he received a full scholarship (Peter Fuller Holden Scholarship for Post Graduate Study), the Nick Roth prize for String Ensemble playing and he was also a member of the Adeo String Quartet who won a prize in the International String Quartet Festival representing Trinity College of Music in a competition with the other UK Music Colleges.

Away from the viola, Simon also works as a professional portrait photographer and has a passion for nature photography, having exhibited a number of fine art landscape and macro images.
  • 9:30 - Arrive and light refreshments;

  • 10:00 - Session 1;

  • 11.30 - Refreshment break;

  • 12:00 - Session 2;

  • 1.00 - Lunch;

  • 2.00 - Session 3;

  • 3.30 - Refreshment break;

  • 4.00 - Informal play through of the day's work;

  • 5.00 - End.
  • TBC;

  • Music will be provided on the day.
Travel and Parking
  • On street parking.

  • No 364 bus stops outside (from Ilford – Dagenham).

  • 10 – 15 minutes’ walk from Newbury Park Underground Station and Seven Kings Railway Station.
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giving permission for you to attend the workshop.

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We look forward to seeing you on the day.
Woodford Symphony Orchestra:

Rosemary Fitchett (Leader - WSO):

Philip Norman (Conductor - WSO):
020 8519 6491 ¦ pkn@pnms.co.uk