John Hargreaves conductor
John Hargreaves is a freelance conductor, music director and percussionist based in SE London. He read music at York University with further studies at University of London (Goldsmith’s), London College of Music and Kneller Hall. John studied conducting with Professor Rob Wiffin, Denise Ham, and George Hurst at the Sherborne Conducting course. He has a Masters degree in Conducting and Orchestration. John has a wide repertoire covering choral, opera, wind band, orchestral and musical theatre.
John is currently principal conductor of the Lewisham Concert Band, and a regular musical director for West Wickham Operatic Society, with who he has conducted 19 productions at the Churchill Theatre, and the Petts Wood Operatic Society. Other conducting engagements include Crystal Palace Brass Band, XBY Concert Band, Big Swing Big Band, and other musical theatre companies. John has conducted the National Festival Orchestra on a number of occasions, at the Buxton Opera House, and The Royal Hall Harrogate for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. He was awarded The Arthur Sullivan Cup for Best Musical Director in 2014, and runner up prize in 2012. He is back there this year with a production of The Sorcerer.
John studied percussion on a scholarship with Graham Johns (RLPO), and still plays regularly. As a percussionist he performs with XBY Concert Band in National and International competitions, including the World Music Contest (2001, 2005, 2013, 2017). Previous engagements have included Oxford University Chamber Orchestra, including a Classic FM broadcast with Nigel Kennedy from Milton Keynes Bowl. As a jazz/big band/rock drummer, John has led bands at 100 club, Brecon Jazz festival, Festival Hall, Fairfield Halls, Guilfest, and the London gig circuit. He is a regular player with Trans Siberian March Band with whom he played Wilderness and Boomtown Festivals in 2015, and has various gigs through the summer.
John is Director of Music at Woldingham School where he conducts the award winning chamber choir and chamber orchestra, including services at Westminster Cathedral and various venues in Europe. Recent repertoire with the choirs: Dido & Aeneas (full production), Rejoice in the Lamb, Ceremony of Psalms, Stabat Mater, Stroope, Vaughan Williams, Michael Head, Mendelssohn.
Jong-Gyung Park pianist
Jong-Gyung Park made her orchestral debut at the age of thirteen with Boston Symphony Orchestra and has since appeared with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Montevideo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Belgian National Orchestra, and New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Park has performed in recital throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Israel, and the Far East. Her recent concert activities include solo and chamber music recitals in concert series in Solothurn, Switzerland, the Royal theatre of Monnaie in Brussels, the Sala Verdi in Milan and the Seoul Arts Centre. She is regularly invited to give masterclasses in the United States, Korea, and South America.
Jong-Gyung Park began piano lessons in her native Korea at the age of three. She is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston, United States taught by Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun under full scholarship, and holds an Artist’s Diploma from the Hochschule für Music und Theatre in Munich, Germany in class of Elisso Wirssaladze. She was also invited to study at the International Piano Foundation Academy in Lake Como, Italy where she studied with Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts’ong and Charles Rosen among others.
Ms. Park has received numerous international awards including Bronze medals at the Sviatoslav Richter International piano competition just last year, and the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy where she also received Busoni Prize for commissioned work and the 9th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition in Israel and Laureate at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Belgium. She lives and works in United Kingdom.