|Ben Gernon and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra|
Gernon started his musical life as a tuba player in his local brass band conducted by his father. He went on to study tuba and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Patrick Harrild and Sian Edwards respectively, and also cites Sir Colin Davis as a profoundly important figure in his musical development. He already has a couple of discs under his belt, so we look at those to see what his tenure at the BBC Philharmonic might herald.
Gernon will formally take up his position with the BBC Philharmonic in Autumn 2017, but has already built up an admirable relationship with the orchestra. He recently conducted a programme which included Walton's Viola Concerto and Malcolm Arnold's Electra with music by John Foulds and Frank Bridge, a programme which paired Debussy's La Mer with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1 with Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 with Benjamin Grosvenor, as well as Beethoven's Eroica Symphony. Not a bad mix! (and there is still a chance to catch him in action on BBC iPlayer)
In 2014, Gernon made his Proms debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in a concert celebrating the 80th birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and Gernon's 2016 recording with the orchestra on Linn records showcases some of Davies most attractive works, the concert overture Ebb of Winter, Last door of light, Farewell to Stromness and An Orkney Wedding with sunrise, plus guitarist Sean Shibe playing the solo guitar piece Hill Runes (available from Amazon).