EYO+Members of London Mozart Players+Rob Burton+Gee

Orchestral Concert at
St Barnabas Church
Pitshanger Lane, Ealing  W5 1QG
7.30pm on Friday 14th


Sibelius                      Finlandia

Rachmaninov             Symphony no.2

Creston                      Saxophone Concerto

Conductor:  Leon Gee

Soloist:        Rob Burton (saxophone)


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Ealing Youth Orchestra is an independent youth orchestra founded in 1959 by music teacher John Railton MBE and has continued to flourish under the leadership of professional music directors, with generations of teenagers having passed through its ranks, many of them going on to musical careers themselves. The orchestra has around 85 members aged 13-19 who attend over 30 different local schools around west London. 

In recent years the orchestra has been honoured to play with soloists of the calibre of Tasmin Little and former BBC Young Musician winners Martin James Bartlett and Lauren Zhang. As part of the Festival's outreach programme, EYO players have also enjoyed mentoring by world-famous professional musicians, with whom they have appeared in side-by-side performances of works including Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Mahler’s Symphony no 1.

The Festival Trust are delighted that EYO will again be mentored and supported by members of the London Mozart Players, as part of our outreach support programme in conjunction with their Voyager Outreach Programme. Founded in 1949 by Harry Blech, the London Mozart Players is the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra. Known for its unmistakable British roots, the orchestra has developed an outstanding reputation for adventurous, ambitious programming from Baroque through to genre-crossing contemporary music. LMP has enjoyed a long history of association with many of the world’s finest artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Felicity Lott, Jane Glover, Howard Shelley, Nicola Benedetti, John Suchet and Simon Callow.

Rob Burton won the Woodwind Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2018 and secured a place in the Grand Final of the competition where he performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, broadcast live on BBC 4 and BBC Radio 3. He is currently studying Classical Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music with Huw Wiggin.

A keen chamber musician, Rob also performs with his saxophone quartet ‘Kumori Quartet’ and sax/violin/piano trio, ‘Kavinsky Trio’. He was Principal Saxophone with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain.

Leon Gee studied conducting at the Birmingham Conservatoire under Jonathan Del Mar following his formative musical training as a violinist. Further studies ensued in the Czech Republic, at Dartington with Diego Masson, and with British Youth Opera under Peter Robinson.

Since 2006 Leon has been Music Director for the Ealing Youth Orchestra and the Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra. Leon is also Conductor of the National Scouts & Guides Symphony Orchestra, while further recent activities include work with the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust, Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra and the London College of Music Sinfonia.