Alba Orchestra showcases the top student musicians from the University of Cambridge and London, under the baton of Patrick Milne. Alba was founded by Milne in 2013 with a hugely successful concert in West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. Giles Swayne was “staggered by the brilliance, maturity and subtlety of the playing. Without doubt the best performance by any students (I have) ever witnessed.” Milne not only conducts the orchestra, but regularly directs them as a soloist from the piano. This challenges the instrumentalists’ chamber musicianship, for which they are often praised. Earlier this year in the Cambridge University Opera Society’s (CUOS) production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Milne switched between the baton and harpsichord – a first for Alba, and another challenge they have risen to. In this Winter concert, Milne returns to direct Alba from the piano in Beethoven’s 4th piano concerto, followed by the magnificent Brahms Symphony No. 1. The orchestra looks forward to welcoming new Cambridge University players; and to welcome back some London-based Cambridge alumni, many of whom have gone on to be professional musicians. Milne has many forthcoming projects for Alba in both Cambridge and London, including a new collaboration in 2015 with the Carice Singers – one of the most up-and-coming vocal ensembles. This young, dynamic student orchestra has a bright future under Milne - "Patrick Milne is a talented young conductor. He should excite you all." Sir Roger Norrington. Alba is generously supported by the Orpheus & Bacchus Music Festival, Bordeaux.
Watch the premiere 04/11/13 concert online now!
Praise for the high quality of musicianship for the 04/11/13 concert http://www.varsity.co.uk/reviews/6420
Praise for Don Giovanni 2014