Arensky Chamber Orchestra
Since January 2017, I have begun working for the Arensky Chamber Orchestra as their Director of Collaboration. As well as being part of their Artistic Planning team, I'm in charge of managing all relationships with ACO's external partners. It's a wonderful group, led by Will Kunhardt, and with principal players that hold jobs in many of the UK's top orchestras. Do check out our website here to keep up to date with our next concerts, and please join the mailing list too!
Here's a few words about the group:
Since forming in 2012, Old Dirty Brasstards have gained an enviable reputation for their bold and innovative approach, on a mission to introduce brass music to brand new audiences.
The tweed-clad 10-piece brass and drum collective comprises of some of London’s top freelance musicians, playing an eclectic mix of pop, R&B and soul covers that never fail to get any dance floor jumping with joy!
ODB have brought their uniquely entertaining and energetic style to several major music festivals across the UK, including Bestival, Glastonbury, Latitude and Secret Garden Party, as well as venues such as Fabric, the Forum, Hammersmith Apollo, KOKO and Scala, along with residencies at Brooklyn Bowl and the Brixton, Camden & Shoreditch Blues Kitchens.
Get down to the best drum ‘n’ brass night in town!
London Percussion brings together some of the most exciting and dynamic percussionists on the London scene. Assembling on a project-by-project basis, and brought together by a shared love of performing percussive chamber music at the highest levels, London Percussion strives to programme concerts that challenge, engage and enrich listeners, whilst being accessible enough expose new audiences to the sound of the percussive genre.
Past performances have included concerts at the Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen, Vaduzer Saal Liechtenstein and Milbank Tower in London. London Percussion is committed to interacting with their audiences and has given masterclasses at the University of Aberdeen and Feldkirch Conservatoire in Austria.
I am extremely lucky that (amongst many things) my wife, Stephanie Beck-Hackett, is a wonderfully talented harpist. In 2011, we were invited to perform at the Fedkirch Festival in Austria as part of a quartet performing a piece by Marlos Nobre. It was the first time we had performed chamber music together. We enjoyed the experience so much that we decided to form a percussion and harp duo together, under the moniker, Striking Strings.
We commissioned works from composers including Max Wilson, Aled Start and Tim Maryon, as well as playing pieces by established composers such as Nico Muhly, Piazzolla and JS Bach. The combination of harp and percussion is fascinating: whilst it provides the many sound qualities we would expect from these instruments, it also allows the harpist a chance to explore a more percussive side to their playing and for the percussionist to concentrate on melody and supporting the often fragile sound of the harp. We really enjoyed the commissioned pieces and believe them to be important additions to the repertoire for this unusual duo combination and think that the arrangements made of established composers' work allows them to be heard in a new and refreshing light.
We have performed at venues including Glasgow University, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Ayr Town Hall and Vaduzer Saal and have collaborated with musicians such as cellist Kian Soltani and flautist Hieronymus Schädler,