Saturday 4th August 2012


Conductor: Wolfgang Heinz

Soloists: Eva Yin-Shan Hsieh (marimba)


Russell Abraham, Jack Chown,

Brent Connan and Jason Mildren (percussion)

George Bailey (cornet)

JSO Award winner in PWC Young Musician of the Year 2012

and Sarah Le Fondre (cor anglais)



Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture

Salzedo – Scherzo for Percussion

Rosauro: Marimba Concerto –Expts

Respighi: Roman Festivals

Bernstein: Candide Overture

Copland : Quiet City

Bernstein: West Side Story – Symphonic Dances

Ginestera: Estancia – Malambo

Sponsor: Ogier


Eva Yin-Shan Hsieh’s biog.

Yin-Shan (Eva) Hsieh completed her Postgraduate diploma in advanced performance with distinction at the Royal College of Music in 2010. Highlights of her time at the RCM included giving a concerto performance with the RCM Sinfonietta and being selected to perform a solo recital as part of the Exhibition Road Music Day celebrations. Previously, Eva achieved a first class degree for her BMus(Hons) at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2008. In her time at the Conservatoire she made a considerable impact as a soloist; winning the Percussion Prize in 2004, the Winfred Micklam Prize in 2005, the Ludlow Concerto Prize in 2006, and the prestigious Symphony Hall Recital Prize in 2008. Further competition success includes winning the Chandos Young Musician competition in 2006 and being awarded third prize in the prestigious Bromsgrove International Young Musicians platform in 2010.

Eva was born in 1985 in Taiwan. She began piano lessons aged 4 and quickly progressed to percussion. Whilst in Taiwan she studied with Ching-Yin Lin and Pei-Ching Wu. In 2001 she was awarded first prize of the Tainan County National Art Competition.

Eva has given numerous concerto performances of Keiko Abe’s ‘Prism Rhapsody’, including with the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and the Chandos Symphony Orchestra in Malvern. Having won the Royal College of Music Concerto competition at 2008 she also performed the work with the RCM Sinfonietta in March 2009. Other concerto performances have included the Reed Marimba Concerto with Wind Band, at the British Association of Wind and Brass Ensembles Conference in Birmingham 2007 and Sejourne’s Concerto for marimba and Strings in Taiwan in 2006. Eva has also given solo recitals in venues such as Birmingham Town Hall, Adrian Boult Hall, the Artrix in Bromsgrove and the Britten Hall at RCM. Eva recently performed as concerto soloist with the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra at the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.

As a chamber musician Eva has been involved in many percussion collaboration projects, including giving the UK Premiere of the work ‘Wildfire’ in the Royal College of Music and then the Irish Premiere of the work in the Curtis Auditorium at the Cork School of Music. She has also been a featured artist for the Cambridge Music Service’s ‘Striking Together’ projects in 2009 and 2010. She has a duo with saxophonist Neil McGovern and they are looking forward to commissioning a new work together amongst other projects.

Eva has performed in masterclasses from such renowned artists as Ney Rosauro, Nebojsa Zivkovic, David Friedman, Colin Currie, Mark Ford and Lorenzo Ferrandiz. Her interests aside from music include dancing, fashion design and cinema.


Percussion soloists’ biogs.

Our four percussion soloists in the Salzedo ‘Concerto for Percussion’ are all locally trained musicians and are proud to be regular members of the JSO percussion section.
Jason Mildren was trained on cornet and snare drum by the Band of the Island of Jersey. He also attended workshops with the Royal Marines in Poole. He currently works in the finance industry but he is heavily involved with music making in Jersey, appearing regularly with a number of local bands and ensembles.
Russell Abraham learnt percussion through the Jersey Instrumental Service with Jayne Newton and Charlotte Boucault, winning the ‘PWC Jersey Young Musician of the Year’ in 2002. He studied at Birmingham Conservatoire from 2004 and in 2010 completed his MMus. He now splits his time between his role as percussion teacher in Jersey and his freelance work in the UK as a timpanist, conductor and teacher.
Brent Connan learnt percussion with Charlotte Boucault and Russell Abraham. He has recently completed his BMus (Hons) in Popular Music Performance at the ‘Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London’.
Jack Chown has also been taught by both Ernie Mallett and Russell Abraham. He won the ‘PWC Jersey Young Musician of the Year’ competition in 2010. Having completed his A level exams at Victoria College this Summer he is hoping to pursue a degree in music at university.

From left to right:

Jason Mildren, Jack Chown, Russell Abraham and Brent Connan

Sarah Le Fondré’s and George Bailey’s biogs.


Sarah Le Fondré – Cor Anglais

A loyal member of the Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Sarah has played in the oboe section since its early days and over the last ten years has developed a particular love for playing cor anglais parts.

Born in Jersey, she started learning the oboe at the age of eleven through what is now the Jersey Instrumental Music Service.  She went on to graduate with a First Class Honours Degree in Music and Business from Leicester University (Nene College, Northampton) and while there won the woodwind class at the Northampton Festival of Music and Drama and played in the Northampton Symphony Orchestra.

After returning to Jersey in 1990 Sarah worked for the Jersey Arts Centre becoming Deputy Director. She gave solo and chamber ensemble recitals in the Arts Centre’s Lunchtime Platform series and in other venues and in 2000 won the Concerto Class at the Jersey Eisteddfod, playing the oboe.

Solo cor anglais performances include a recital with harpist Margaret Knight at the Jersey Arts Centre in 2002 and surprising her husband John by playing an arrangement of Saint-Saëns’ “The Swan” from the back of Gouray Church at their wedding!

Aside from JSO concerts other recent highlights include playing cor anglais and oboe in a reduced ensemble version of Carl Jenkins’ “Stabat Mater” with the Island Singers last year, playing in the Festival Choir Orchestra, the Jersey Chamber Orchestra and participating in the recent Diamond Jubilee Gala Concert with the St. Cecilia Orchestra.

Sarah is the proud mother of two children and combines this rewarding and challenging job with private oboe teaching.  She is a member of the Serenata Wind Quintet with other JSO players and helps with music at Gouray Church.

Sarah Le Fondré and George Bailey

George Bailey – Cornet

I am an eighteen year old student due to commence studies, in September 2012, at the Royal Northern College of Music to undertake a four year Bachelor of Music degree. Prior to my successful application, audition and subsequent offer from the Royal Northern College of Music, I had already visited the College on a number of successive occasions for tuition from Richard Marshall (Principal Cornet player of the Black Dyke Mills Band). This tuition has been coupled with my experiences as a Solo Cornet Player in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, to which I have been a member for three years.

Taking part in music on Jersey has enabled me to obtain a number of positions in various ensembles, such as principal Cornet of The Band of the Island of Jersey. In addition, I have also competed in the London and Southern County Area Competition as principal Cornet with Jersey Premier Brass, where I attained the Derek Stillwell Memorial Trophy for the Most Outstanding Solo Cornet Player.

For the past four years, I have won the Johnny Begley Perpetual Award for Jersey’s Young Brass Player of the Year and, as a result, competed as the brass finalist in the Jersey Young Musician of the Year (2009-2012). In the most recent Young Musician of the Year Competition, I attained the Jersey Symphony Orchestra Award for the best performance of an individual piece, and as a result will be performing in tonight’s concert.

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