Conductors 

The Colne Philharmonic has been privileged to experience the talents of a series of professional conductors over the past 30 years. These include Andrea Quinn, Jacques Cohen and Anthony Weedon. They have all gone on to have glittering careers in the conducting world.
Our current two conductors are Boris Peck and Michael Whittaker - take a look at their profiles below!

Boris Peck

Boris was born in London in 1974 and is a descendant of the composers Mikulas and Alexander Moyzes, two of the most influential figures in 20th century music in Slovakia.
He began playing the violin and piano at the ages of five and eight respectively and has performed a number of violin concertos, including those of Sibelius and Bruch.
Boris began conducting whilst studying at the University of Leeds, where he took lessons with the Albanian conductor, Eno Koco and was soon after appointed conductor of the University Chamber and Symphony Orchestras.
He was awarded a masters degree, after which Boris spent a year at the Bratislava Academy of music, studying with Bystrik Rezucha and on his return to the UK, continued learning with George Hurst at the Canford Summer School of Music.
 
In 2001, he set up his own charity orchestra and since then he has worked with the London Charity Orchestra, City of Southampton Symphony Orchestra, Westminster Youth Orchestra, Orchestra of the City, and London Youth Orchestra.
 
He was musical director of Candlelight Opera from 2008-2011, was prinicipal conductor of Keld Ensemble from 2010-2018 and has been working with Colne Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013.
 
Boris’s international engagements have included guest appearances with the New Sofia Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava String Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Symphony Orchestra of Russia and Bohuslav Martinu Chamber Orchestra.

Michael Whittaker

Michael was born in London.  His love of conducting was inspired by playing with many orchestras including The London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Britten Pears Youth Orchestra.  He was also principal viola player in many ensembles at Trinity College of Music where he studied.  
 
After beginning conducting lessons with Peter Stark in 1996, he went on to do a postgraduate conducting course with full scholarship at Trinity College of Music and was also awarded a scholarship place on the conducting course at the renowned Dartington International Summer School.  Leading on from this he was invited to conduct Concilium, performing at Dartington and in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. 
 
Since then Michael has balanced a busy performing and teaching career alongside his conducting.  Specialising in coaching, Michael Whittaker has performed many times with Southgate Symphony Orchestra, Gloucester Youth Orchestra, Trinity College of Music Orchestras, Forest Philharmonic and various Waltham Forest Youth Orchestras. 
 
Michael’s ventures for 2017 include: organising and performing a charity concert for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, playing in Kuwait and Venice and conducting live music for the film “Battle of the Somme”.

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