Warren Mailley-Smith recently became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an “epic achievement”, Mailley-Smith will repeat the series across the UK in 2020.
He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation, he will give over 100 solo performances in 2020. His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA. He is a popular soloist on the London concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals, schools and concert halls throughout the UK and abroad and as guest artist on several of the world’s most famous cruise liners.
He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Warren’s growing discography has made an impact on critics, broadcasters and the public alike. His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC. He is currently recording the complete works of Chopin over a 3-year period for a 14-disc set for Sleeveless Records. He is Artistic Director of The Piccadilly Sinfonia and also of The Piccadilly Chamber Music Series.
Warren studied with some of the world’s leading pedagogues, including Peter Feuchtwanger, Ronald Smith and John Barstow at The Royal College of Music. He is now in demand himself as teacher in both masterclasses and private lessons. He teaches at Royal College of Music Junior Department and tutors on a number of residential piano courses, including Pro Corda, Piano Week, Pianissimi and Finchcocks, in addition to giving masterclasses and adjudications throughout the UK and further afield. www.warrenmailley-smith.com
Tom Fetherstonhaugh is a British conductor. Described as ‘a spark to watch’ by BBC Radio 3, his recent projects include a concert for peace in the Korean Demilitarised Zone, the development of a new piano concerto with players from the Ulster Orchestra and assisting Sir Mark Elder at the Royal Academy of Music.
Tom is the founder and Artistic Director Fantasia Orchestra, a young orchestra of exciting talent. Their concerts have won great acclaim, with The ArtsDesk calling the strings section ‘already a thing of wonder’. With Fantasia, Tom has performed a wide range of symphonic repertoire as well as many world premiers. Soloists who have worked with the orchestra include Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Hana Mizuta-Spencer and Harry Baker. In 2019 the orchestra gave its debut at the Proms at St Jude’s festival and in 2020 debuts in the Cambridge Summer Music Festival with violinist Alena Baeva.
In 2019 Tom worked with players from the Ulster Orchestra for the first time, workshopping a new piano concerto. Working alongside piano soloist Clare Hammond, the musicians played Piers Hellawell’s new concerto Rapprochement.
Tom made his debut in Asia in 2019, performing in the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) with the Lindenbaum Festival Orchestra. Entitled ‘One Harmony’, the festival promotes peace between the Koreas through music, and the performance included a collaboration with the National Children’s Chorus of America.
Tom has a close relationship with the Oxford Chamber Music Festival as a conductor. In 2018 he conducted the festival’s opening concert, working alongside soloists Alena Baeva, Priya Mitchell and Sheku Kanneh-Mason. In 2017 he was assistant conductor for Jarman’s double concerto for Dame Evelyn Glennie and Hugo Ticciati, ‘Mindstream’.
Tom was conductor and Artistic Director of the Oxford University Sinfonietta for two years, a chamber orchestra comprised of the university’s best instrumentalists. Together they performed works including Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Blood on the Floor (the first ever student performance), Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta and Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony no. 2, as well as a number of the Beethoven Symphonies. As conductor of OU Sinfonietta, Tom twice adjudicated the Oxford University Music Society composition competition.
As well as the Fantasia Orchestra, Lindenbaum Festival Orchestra, Oxford University Sinfonietta and the orchestra of the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Tom has conducted players from the Ulster Orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia, Leicester Symphony Orchestra, Hereford Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, the Junior Royal Academy of Music Sinfonia, Senior Orchestra and Main Choir, the orchestra of the Pro Corda Senior Course, the choir of Merton College, Oxford, and, aged 13, the choristers of Westminster Abbey on their tour to Russia.
Tom is also active as an organist and pianist; he was organ scholar at Merton College, Oxford, and is a prizewinning Associate of the Royal College of Organists. He has played for live BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, and in 2017 played for the first Anglican Evensong at St Peter’s Basilica, Rome. He has appeared as soloist in the UK, Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore, including the Oxford Chamber Music and Oxford Lieder Festivals. On the piano, Tom has recently performed the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas with violinist Athena Hawksley-Walker in the Holywell Music Room; the duo played live on Radio 3’s In Tune as part of the project.
Tom was a chorister of Westminster Abbey where he sang for many state occasions, including performing the solo at the 2011 Royal Wedding. He read music at Merton College, Oxford, where he held academic and organ scholarships and graduated with a First. His has studied conducting with Roland Melia, and is currently a postgraduate conducting student at the Royal Academy of Music under Sian Edwards.