December 10 2013 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
THE man behind the first Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival is one of the leading British cellists of his generation.
Artistic director Guy Johnston has given a number of important debuts, including playing the Elgar Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin at the First Night of the BBC Proms, the Brahms Double Concerto in the Philharmonie with the DSO Berlin/Valchua, and the Schumann Concerto in the Barbican Centre with the English Chamber Orchestra/Tilbrook.
Born in Hertfordshire, Guy joined his brothers in the world-renowned choir of King’s College, Cambridge, where he recorded the famous carol Once in Royal David’s City, under Stephen Cleobury.
He went on to achieve early recognition through the BBC Young Musician of the Year title, the Guilhermina Suggia Gift, The Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award, and received a Brit Award at the Royal Albert Hall.
A founding member of the Aronowitz Ensemble, Johnston is an enthusiastic chamber musician and is also a Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music.
The festival opens tomorrow (Thursday) and runs until Sunday at various venues in Hatfield House and Old Hatfield.