Recent Soloists

Recent Soloists

Tom Kimmance was born in Merseyside. His musical career dates back to age 13 when he began to teach himself the piano. Within months, his talent was evident to others, when he transcribed Mozart’s ‘Ronda Alla Turca’ by ear and performed it at a local festival from memory. In the years that followed Tom went on to study at Liverpool Community Art College gaining his Music A-level and HND. During this time, Tom was performing concertos by Mozart and Beethoven with the college orchestra and giving numerous piano recitals from memory. It was also at college, that Tom discovered his love for composition. 

Continuing his education at the University of Liverpool, Tom continued to perform numerous concertos and recitals including Mendelssohn’s ‘Capriccio Brillante’ with the university orchestra. He participated in masterclasses with famous concert pianists Gil Sullivan, Joanna MacGregor OBE and Stephen Hough CBE and in his final year, he gained the highest mark on record for a solo undergraduate performance, completing his BA Hons Music. Tom has continued his studies with his mentor John Gough, from his time at the university. After gaining a first class masters degree in 2008, Tom has been in demand as a concert pianist for orchestra’s across the North West. His repertoire has included the Addinsell’s ‘Warsaw Concerto’, Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, Grieg’s ‘Piano concerto in A minor’, Rachmaninov’s ‘Piano Concerto no.2′ , Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no.1’ and his own ‘Piano Concerto in E flat minor’. Tom also performs regular solo recitals and duo performances with his mentor John Gough. Most recently he has performed as a chamber musician and conductor for a debut performance of his own orchestral work, ‘The Haworth Overture’. 
Alongside his performing career, Tom is an accompanist and teaches piano and music theory both privately and within schools and universities.You can contact Tom and keep up with his concert schedule via his facebook page .

Jane Pembleton-Smyth

Jane studied the flute at the Royal Northern College of Music with Kate Hill and Trevor Wye, and has played in masterclasses with Geoffrey Gilbert and William Bennett. After graduating, she stayed in Manchester until she moved to Preston in Guild Year, 1992. She is married with two grown-up sons.

Jane teaches the flute at Keele University and at Wolverhampton and Clitheroe Royal grammar schools.

Alongside her pianist, Fenella Haworth-Head, Jane has given solo recitals all around the North West and is leader of the flute section of Southport Orchestra. Jane has played two solos with the orchestra – the Doppler ‘Hungarian Pastorale Fantaisie’ at the Floral Hall in 2017 and a year later, the Reinecke Concerto at St. John’s Church, Birkdale.  She plays on an Oston-Brannen flute with an Ian McLauchlan headjoint.

In February 2020, Jane became a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music which was awarded with Distinction.

Brian Hodge was educated at St. Philip’s and King George V Schools, Southport, The Royal Manchester College of Music and Manchester University. His academic qualifications include the F.R.C.O., Mus.M and Ph.D. with a research interest in seventeenth-century English keyboard music.

After several years as Head of Music at St. Margaret’s High School, Liverpool Brian was appointed Music Lecturer at I. M. Marsh College, working under its distinguished Head of Music Edmund Walters. During this time he played the organ with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and in many choral and orchestral concerts, including the first broadcast performance of Edmund Walters’ female-voice arrangement of Britten’s cantata Rejoice in the Lamb.Brian’s work as a music examiner for Trinity College London has occupied a good deal of his time, examining candidates from initial to diploma level in all parts of Britain and overseas from Malta to Australia. His appointments as an Organist include: Assistant Organist at Manchester Cathedral; Organist and Choirmaster at St. Annes’ Aigburth; Mossley Hill Parish Church and, currently, Emmanuel.

  Peter O’Connor was born in Liverpool where, as a winner of a City of Liverpool Scholarship, he studied flute with Judy Fenton. He gained a place at the Royal Northern College of Music to study flute with Roger Rostron and Trevor Wye, and piccolo with Patricia Morris. Whilst at the RNCM, he was principal flute in the college symphony and opera orchestras. On completing his postgraduate year at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, he won the Janet Craxton Memorial Scholarship, which enabled him to study with Pat Lindon, Peter Lloyd and Martin Parry. 

Peter has worked with most of the major orchestras in England and Scotland. He is a founder member of the Symphonia Britannica, resident orchestra at the Thaxted Festival. It was during this period that Peter, along with Mary Morley, formed Rubato, a flute and harp duo, to great critical acclaim. Alan Ridout’s Sonata for Flute and Harp is written for them. He has recorded for radio and television and can frequently be heard playing flute in TV series such as A Touch of Frost, House of Cards and has recorded numerous television and radio adverts such as Kleenex, Andrex and Pedigree Chum. Peter has recorded with Sir George Martin, Gordon Giltrap, Dave Stuart and Hot House Flowers. He has great experience in ‘easy listening’ repertoire and has played in many West End shows including Aspects of Love, Brigadoon, The Sound of Music and Pirates of Penzance. He has worked extensively with the London Concert Orchestra, London Pops Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. Peter is an experienced and committed flute teacher, teaching at Westminster School, London, Linton Village College and Kings College School, Cambridge and is a visiting lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University.

Andrew Winter began to learn the violin at the age of 7. He progressed to be leader of the Liverpool Schools Symphony Orchestra and the Merseyside ( now Liverpool Philharmonic ) Youth Orchestra until his move as an undergraduate to Liverpool Medical School. He now leads the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Wirral String Orchestra and Orchestra dell’Arte and he frequently performs in Quartets and gives solo recitals.

His teachers have included Winifried Genin and Leland Chen, himself once a pupil on Yehudi Menuhin. He will be playing what Sothebys have described as one of the finest violins made by the parisian luthier John-Baptiste Vuillaume (1798-1875) and called the ‘St Nicholas’.As well as his music making, Andrew is a (locum) Consultant Dermatologist, General Practitioner and Honarary Lecturer in Clinical Medicine at the University of Liverpool.

Gregor Cuff

Gregor was born in Halewood in 1961 and began learning the cello at the age of eleven. After reading Physics at the University of Keele, he worked for ten years as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer in the NHS. In 1993 he moved away to train for his present work as a priest serving in the Church of England. He is currently Vicar of Christ Church and Saint John, Waterloo. Though not a professional player, music is an important part of Gregor’s life. After some preliminary lessons with Hilda Dold, he studied with the late Ernest Wallace (a long-serving member of the RLPO), then with Basil Howitt and Raphael Sommer. His current teacher is Peter Worrall, recently retired from the Halle Orchestra. In 2007 Gregor was awarded the Licentiate Diploma of Trinity College, London (LTCL) with distinction.

Having spent most of his adult life as a music student, Gregor graduated in January 2012 with an MA in Music from Liverpool Hope University. He is currently principal cellist of the Crosby Symphony Orchestra with whom he has performed Saint-Saens Concerto No 1, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. He has performed Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 1 with the Metropolitan Cathedral Orchestra, Liverpool, of which he is a former member.

Gregor plays a 1947 instrument by Menegotti.