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The orchestra was established in 2014 by Adrián Varela and Andrea Broughton with the aim of giving Lewisham its own symphony orchestra, given the high concentration of top-notch musicians living in the borough and the hunger of local people for high quality music-making. Its core members are professional & amateur musicians from or resident in Lewisham, and also include young players from the top London music colleges. The result is an orchestra of the highest quality, working in an inclusive, congenial atmosphere, giving exciting, memorable concerts for the benefit of the community.
Based in Honor Oak Park, the orchestra has proudly gained an ever-growing local following. OTHS soloists include some of the finest musicians in the UK, including principal players of the Philharmonia Orchestra, actress Diana Aubrey and star of Strinctly Come Dancing, bandoneonist Julian Rowlands.
A different charity is selected for each event. One Tree Hill Sinfonia support international, national and local charities helping communities and individuals.
Adrián is the conductor and Artistic Director of the One Tree Hill Sinfonia and of the National Youth Orchestra of Poland since 2015. He is also Director of Music at de Montort University, Leicester and a first violinist member of the renown Philharmonia Orchestra, London.
His first conducing teacher was the late Lorin Maazel, who later remained an important reference point with direct contact throughout Adrián's professional life for over 15 years. A native of Uruguay, Adrián later studied with Roberto Montenegro, himself a protegee of Celebidache. Despite his young age, by the time he arrived in London for postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Adrián had conducted professionally for a number of years years, culminating in staged runs of Purcell's 'Dido & Aeneas' and Mozart's 'Bastian und Bastienne'. Adrián has also received conducting guidance from Esa-Pekka Salonen, Simon Rattle, Andris Nelsons, Karl-Heinz Steffens and Jakub Hrusa.
Adrián's well-established, more holistic approach to conducting combined with teaching, composing and performing, is in wide demand . He has pioneered new media and concert formats, including performing live with a headcam in the Philharmonia's ground-breaking digital instalation Re-Rite and teaching/coaching via skype to the UK and abroad. Adrián blogs on aesthetics, orchestral and study strategies through his and the Philharmonia Orchestra's digital platforms.
As a composer, his works have been performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy, James Ehnes, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin live in North & South America, Europe and the Far East. His music has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, BBC Worldservice, Tokyo FM, National Polish Radio and over Uruguayan national & commerical radio and television.
Adrian Varela, conductor
video: Greg Felton
'A cultural jewel.The inhabitants of Honor Oak are truly blessed.'
Julian Rowlands, soloist
'A huge pleasure'
Maria Waria Wloszczowska, soloist
'I still can't believe we don't have to go all the way into town for a concert of this quality'
Belgium-born violinist Caroline Frenkel has been based in London for 20 years, sharing her time mainly between the Philharmonia, London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras.
She originally moved to London to study with Professor Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While a student, she led the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Guildhall Symphony, Chamber and Opera Orchestra and was awarded a place on the String Experience Scheme with the London Symphony Orchestra. She has also held the position of First Assistant in Aalborg Symfoniorkester between 2007 and 2008.