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Peter Fender – Conductor, Composer, Teacher

Peter studied – and now principally works – in London.  Following a career as a violinist Peter’s focus turned to conducting in 2007 when he founded Philharmonia Britannica, particularly keen to create interesting musical juxtapositions and to mix music with other art forms – concerts of music alongside acting, poetry, dance, comedy and video have followed.  Subsequently, as well as being music director of Chamber Academy Orchestra (now Camden Philharmonia Orchestra), Peter has been director of the Angel Orchestra, Another Opera, Mid Sussex Sinfonia Heber Opera and the 6 Centuries Chamber Choir. He has conducted a number of other groups as a guest conductor, conducting in Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, and Romania aside from his native England. For many years Peter has been keen to promote music by British composers and women composers, and in addition has a strong interest in Baroque music. Peter leads conducting workshops in London, from days introducing conducting to non-musicians to advanced classes with full orchestra. Courses have ranged through all of the Beethoven symphonies plus many other standard (and not so standard!) works. As a composer Peter has written a wide variety of music – orchestral, concertos, chamber and choral.  A CD recording of some of his own orchestral compositions, entitled ‘Speechless’, was released in 2011 and another of chamber music in 2019.  As an arranger and editor he has worked on music by Imogen Holst, Ethel Smyth and Jean-Phillipe Rameau, amongst others. A short film has been made about Peter – available on his website alongside lots of other information: www.peterfender.co.uk

Hannah Garty – Leader

Hannah started playing the violin at a young age and after receiving a music scholarship to study at St George’s College, Weybridge on violin, piano and singing, her career was off to a busy start.

Following 4 years at the University of Leeds and a year at Conservatorio di Verona “Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco”, Italy, she was awarded the Alan Tregonning Scholarship to study a Masters of Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Drama where she is studying with renowned violist Rivka Golani.

Alongside her studies, Hannah is found recording and playing with many artists and ensembles with whom she plays a range of genres from film scores and musical theatre to pop and Ibiza club classics, as well as Bach ensembles and Classical symphony orchestras.

Hannah enjoys working on many projects including Animate Orchestra with Sarah Freestone, running Music Time for Under Fives in nurseries around London and is looking forward to a collaboration involving Virtual Reality to come out soon.

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