Conductor, East London Symphony Orchestra | Bass, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge | Organist (ARCO) and Accompanist
Jamie Conway ARCO is a young singer, conductor, organist, pianist and composer based in Truro, Cornwall. Originally a boy chorister in the choir of Gloucester Cathedral under Andrew Nethsingha and Adrian Partington, Jamie began studying the organ with Ashley Grote aged 11 and conducting and composition with Robert Houssart. He won music and academic scholarships to Uppingham School where he regularly conducted, rehearsed and accompanied the choirs, played percussion and organ for the orchestras and setup new groups including the ongoing ‘9.5 Singers’ who supported the King’s Singers at the London A Cappella Festival 2015. Organ studies continued with Peter Clements, piano with Alexis Ffrench, singing with Catherine Griffiths and percussion with Sarah Stuart. An alumnus of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Jamie continues to sing with the acclaimed National Youth Chamber Choir in recordings and concerts across the UK, including last summer’s tour to China and Hong Kong. Uppingham School Choirs also toured the Far East when Jamie was 16, and he conducted the Chamber Choir in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, as well as performing with The 9.5 Singers and giving a joint organ recital in St John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong. An active composer, Jamie’s compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by Uppingham School Chamber Choir, The 9.5 Singers and ‘What the Funk?!’, in venues as prestigious as St Matthew’s Church, Northampton. He has performed in many of the UK’s most significant venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Snape Maltings, Milton Court, King’s Place, Birmingham Town Hall, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, as well as many Cathedrals including at the Three Choirs Festival. Moving towards instrumental ensembles and conducting, Jamie played percussion and piano for the Britten Sinfonia Academy in 2014 before playing the same as well as organ for the National Schools Symphony Orchestra where he studied conducting with Richard Dickins, and met co-founder of new project, East London Symphony Orchestra, Zoë Kundu. ELSO is a bringing together of talented young musicians at conservatoires and universities across London, Cambridge and surrounds. Jamie also looks forward to a performance of Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony as soloist in St Albans in April. In preparation for his time studying music at the University of Cambridge where he hopes to sing with St John’s College Choir and work with Andrew Nethsingha once again, he is currently a Choral Scholar of Truro Cathedral Choir, where he has given solos in both Fauré and Duruflé Requiems and St Matthew’s Passion with Truro Choral Society, amongst other performances. Whilst in Truro Jamie has rehearsed several choirs including St Mary’s Singers and Cornwall Youth Choir, and obtained the Associateship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists at the beginning of 2017. Jamie receives singing lesson from Margaret Kingsley in Truro and accompanies many of the young musicians based at Truro School and the cathedral.
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