During the academic years 2019-20 and 2020-21 the Trust’s Resident Music Scholar was David Hedley, an oboist who was with us for the duration of his Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music. David’s studies were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic but he nonetheless graduated with distinction in summer 2021 and he subsequently secured a scholarship to study for an Artist’s Diploma at Guildhall School of Music and Drama starting in the autumn.
David in the grounds of the Royal College of Music, July 2020
David grew up in Ashington, Northumberland and first began receiving oboe lessons at the age of 12. Four years later he was offered a full-time position in Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band where he served for 6 years. Since leaving the Royal Marines, alongside his musical activities David has also spent a lot of time raising funds for several charities including NSPCC, Cancer Research and Marie Curie. He has recently graduated from Durham University where he read Music and has now moved to London to commence studies for his master’s degree at the Royal College of Music where he will be studying with Juliana Koch, Olivier Stankiewicz, Christine Pendrill and Fabien Thouand. David has been generously supported by the Ian Evans Lombe Scholarship and was extremely grateful to have been welcomed by the Robert Anderson Trust as their Resident Music Scholar for the duration of his master’s degree at RCM.
David regularly performs as a freelance musician in orchestras including Royal Northern Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as well as giving solo recitals and teaching in his spare time. Special thanks must be given to David’s previous teachers and mentors who include Norman Moore, Colin Kellett, Peter Rendle, Douglas Clarkson, Edward Kay, David Theodore, Gareth Hulse and Steven Hudson, all of whom have supported David’s development as a musician so far.
On 8 March 2020 David played principal oboe in a programme of Ravel and Saint- Saëns at the RCM conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, the current Director of Music at the Royal Opera House. The concert was live-streamed via the RCM website and David features prominently in the recordings which are available on Youtube:
In May 2021 David performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and several of these performances are also available online via YouTube:
David is currently (February 2020) raising funds to purchase a new oboe. for more information please see his fundraising page, here.
The Trust’s first Resident Music Scholar was Jack Wong, who lived at the Trust’s Kensington house while studying for his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, from 2013 to 2019. Jack gave his final summer concert for the Trust in June 2019. The programme from the event which includes Jack’s tribute to the Founder who had personally invited him to stay at the house, is here.
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Jack Wong was a friend of the Founder, Dr Anderson, and first came to the UK from Hong Kong to study music at Harrow School in 2011. He subsequently became a student of violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music and will complete his undergraduate studies in 2017. Jack has been offered a place on the ‘Artist Masters – Performance (Repetiteur)’ programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama commencing autumn 2017, and will become the Trust’s first resident music scholar for the two-year duration of the course.
Jack is a pianist, violinist and conductor, and the founder of the Hornton Chamber Orchestra (HCO), named after Hornton Street, location of the Trust’s Kensington house, and the former home of the Founder. Jack and the HCO have given numerous performances to great acclaim, many of which can be viewed online including the following recital of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64:
Jack’s talents have also drawn the attention of the media, including most recently Classic FM (‘Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 played on four pianos is both nuts and amazing’).
A list of Jack and the HCO’s forthcoming performances are available via the Orchestra’s website, here.