Hilary Davan Wetton
Founder Conductor, and Music Director of The Classical Road Show
Hilary has conducted most of the major UK orchestras both in concerts and in recordings. His recording with City of London Choir and the LMP of The Flowers of the Field went quickly to No 1 in the Classical charts. In Terra Pax - A Christmas Anthology with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra reached no. 2 in the Classical Chart in January 2010. A previous recording of Holst’s Choral Symphony was awarded the prestigious Diapason d’Or and he has made highly acclaimed discs with the Holst Singers and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hilary is probably best known for his broadcasts on Classic FM’s Masterclass. He enjoyed teaching Jo Brand the organ in the Play it Again series for BBC1 in 2009. He performs regularly on Radio 3 and has given many premieres both with the BBC Concert Orchestra and with the Ulster Orchestra.
Hilary is Musical Director of The City of London Choir and Associate Conductor of The London Mozart Players. He has a real commitment to young people and was founder-conductor of the Scottish Schools Orchestra from 1984 – 1995 and of the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra 1993-97. In 2009, he conducted The National Childrens’ Orchestra for all their 30th anniversary concerts.
Hilary was a pupil of Sir Adrian Boult at the Royal College of Music where he won the Ricordi Conducting Prize. An alumnus of Oxford University, he has also been awarded honorary degrees by the Open University (MA) and de Montfort University (DMus).
Ben was winner of the Grand Prix at the 55th Besançon Young Conductors’ Competition in 2017. He studied conducting with Sian Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music, following the completion of his music degree at the University of Cambridge.
Now a regular at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Ben conducted a performance of La Clemenza di Tito in summer 2017, making him one of the youngest conductors to début at the festival in its history. Ben returned there in summer 2018 to conduct performances of Madama Butterfly and in the autumn of 2018 to conduct La Traviata: Behind the Curtain. From the start of the 2019-20 season, he will become the Principal Conductor of the Glyndebourne Tour, beginning his tenure with a production of L’Elisir d’Amore.
Recent highlights include début appearances with Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Chambre de Paris, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and performances of Die Zauberflote at La Monnaie. In 2019, Ben will conduct a new production of Hansel and Gretel for English National Opera and make his début at the Salzburg Festival. He will also conduct the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and Musikalische Akademie Mannheim.
Together with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Ben has premiered the work by Vikki Stone, Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra, which he conducted at Glastonbury, Latitude and the Edinburgh Festivals.
Benjamin has huge experience conducting orchestras and choirs worldwide, including the Royal Philharmonic and Hallé Orchestras, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Berlin Staatskapelle, Dresden and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras, Iceland Symphony, BBC Singers, City of London Choir, the choirs of Flemish Radio, and the Semperoper Chorus, Dresden, as well as others in the rest of Europe and the USA.
Benjamin has toured to Jamaica and Africa with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and worldwide with The Royal Ballet. He was named Music Director of The Royal Ballet of Flanders in 2011, and Music Consultant to Hong Kong Ballet in 2016. He conducts and presents live film screenings, such as Harry Potter 1, 2 and 3 & Dreamworks at Wembley Arena. He conducted and orchestrated the BAFTA award-winning soundtrack for BBC Walking with Dinosaurs, and was recently invited by Disney and John Williams to conduct Star Wars. Many of his arrangements were commissioned for RPO performances at venues such as the O2 Arena.
Benjamin is dedicated to music education – in addition to his work with The Classical Roadshow, Benjamin is the conductor for RPO Resound, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s education programme, including their concert series Noisy Kids - as well as projects for Orchestras Live, which won a 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society award.
Karin is the recently appointed Associate Artist at Sage Gateshead, Assistant Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Music Director of the Young Sinfonia in association with RNS. One of the few conductors worldwide nominated for the 2016 Salzburg Festival/Nestle Young Conductors Award, she was recently accepted as 1 of 6 out of 161 applications for the 2017-18 Hart Institute of Women Conductors at the Dallas Opera, USA, and also 1 out of 142 for the 2018 Royal Opera House Women Conductors Workshop, Covent Garden.
Conducting highlights include debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (USA), Nashville Symphony Orchestra (USA), Kammersymphonie Graz (Austria), Sao Paulo Symphony (Brazil), Royal Northern Sinfonia (UK), and Southbank Sinfonia (London).
In October 2018, Karin was Music Director for Leonard Bernstein's MASS at the North Carolina School for the Arts. Other educational work for the year included preparation of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for their 2019 tour, and general music support during their tour including for their Proms performance, and their debuts at Carnegie Hall (New York) and the Ravinia Festival (Chicago). In the UK, Karin has worked for some time with Marin Alsop, including as Assistant Conductor for the BBC Proms’ Verdi Requiem, the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, Assistant Conductor for the Southbank Centre’s recent performance of Britten’s War Requiem.