EYO+Members of London Mozart Players+Akito Goto+Gee

Orchestral Concert at
St Barnabas Church
Pitshanger Lane, Ealing  W5 1QG
7.30pm on Friday 9th


Dvorak                      Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104

Strauss                      An Alpine Symphony, Op.64

Conductor:  Leon Gee

Soloist:        Akito Goto (cello)


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Ealing Youth Orchestra is an independent youth orchestra which was 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 90 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 winner Martin James Bartlett. As part of the Festival's outreach programme, EYO players have also enjoyed mentoring by world-famous professional musicians, with whose members they have appeared in side-by-side performances of works including Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Mahler’s Symphony no 1.

EYO gives five concerts a year in West London venues plus another three on the annual European summer tour, as well as running an active outreach programme to local schools. EYO is a self-funded charity which offers bursary support to enable talented young musicians to participate regardless of family income.

Vacancies in the orchestra arise each September as around 25% of their membership moves on to higher education. Auditions are held in June/July and September and they welcome applications from players aged 13-18 of approximately Grade 6 standard or above.

The Festival Trust are delighted that EYO will be mentored and supported by members of the London Mozart Players, 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. In addition, students of the Royal College of Music are supporting the EYO brass section.

Akito Goto was born in 1995 and started playing the cello at the age of five. From age eight to thirteen he studied at the renowned Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan under the tutelage of Hakuro Mori. At thirteen he was accepted to study with Pal Banda at the Purcell School of Music in London, and since 2013 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the class of Louise Hopkins. He has won numerous prizes and awards, including the First Prize in the Japan Player's Contest, the Windsor and Maidenhead symphony orchestra-Young musician’s competition, 4th prize in the String section of Tunbridge Wells Competition, and he was the youngest winner of Izuminomori Cello Contest.

He recently received a generous scholarship from the Raphael Sommer Music Scholarship Trust. Previously he participated in the 2nd Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition and the 9th Rostropovich Competition, where he was the youngest participant. He has given solo and chamber performances in major concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, St Martin’s in the Field, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall, Salon Collina, Musikasa in Tokyo, Joy Concert, Clarendon Muse and Hakuju Hall. As an orchestral player he has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, St Alban's Abbey and the Sage Gateshead. 

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.