Gateway Arts Concerts



Chester Street, Shrewsbury

Thursday 31st May at 1.00pm

William Hayward - piano

David Cooper - violin,

Brian Clarke - ’cello

Programme to include:

Dvorak - Dumky Trio

Admission £4.00 on the door

(Friends of Gateway Arts £3.00)

Children and Carers with disabled free

Concerts sponsored by Shropshire Council

William Hayward – piano

William Hayward trained at the Royal College of Music under Sir Adrian Boult,

Herbert Howells, James Lockhart and Richard Austin. He is a conductor specialising in opera and music for the stage; also a concert organist and composer of several oratorios. At present he is retained as musical director, arranger, pianist and conductor to singing star Russell Watson, in addition to working with Katherine Jenkins, accompanying her at the Tsunami relief concert at Cardiff Millennium Stadium.

He conducted Russell Watson at Murreyfield stadium, in Edinburgh where Russell sang with Kathryn Jenkins to an audience of 6.000. The orchestra was the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus.

He also plays with Amici For Ever.

We are very pleased that Bill Hayward can find time to play for us again at the Gateway, as he is so much in demand as an accompanist.

David Cooper - violin

David Cooper attended Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied violin with Lesley White and Beverley Davison. He did postgraduate teacher training at Aberystwyth University. David has played with Sarum Chamber Orchestra, Guernsey Symphony and Guildhall Orchestra (York). He is an experienced and sought after chamber music player.

Dr Brian Clarke - ’cello

Brian was brought up in the hot-house, practical musical tradition of Gowerton Boys Grammar, the Glamorgan Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. Following school, his career took him in a different professional direction to most of his musical colleagues. He studied chemistry at University of Wales Aberystwyth, initially followed by a research career in industry, before moving to education where he has spent most of his professional life, at institutional venues as diverse as Neath, Merthyr Tydfil, Hong Kong and Carmarthen.

Despite a busy schedule, Brian has been fortunate to maintain a varied and rich musical career as both player and conductor, working with artists as diverse as Kiri te Kanawa, Dennis O'Neill, Bryn Terfel, Wynne Evans, Shirley Bassey, Michael Ball, Lesley Garret, Peter Karrie and of course Karl Jenkins. His credits include principal cellist with the Chamber Orchestra of Wales and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, - musical director of Côr Penclawdd and the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir. He conducted the final, concert for the last Governor of Hong Kong – Chris Patten before the handover to China in 1997.

He has recently retired as Registrar of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and is now a partner with Campus Associates.

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