Welsh, Moray


Moray Welsh has had a distinguished and varied career as a soloist, following his two years of study at the Moscow Conservatory with Rostropovich, on the recommendation of Benjamin Britten. In Britain he has appeared as a soloist at the Proms and in all the major concert halls, with leading orchestras. His international career has brought invitations to give concerts all over the world. With wide musical interests, his recordings range from baroque concertos to several records of contemporary music, including Hugh Wood’s Cello Concerto, selected as a Record of the Year by The Sunday Times.

Beside his impressive orchestral career as principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra, from which he retired in 2007, Moray Welsh has won an enthusiastic audience for his chamber music performances with artists such as James Galway, Kyung Wha Chung, the Amadeus Quartet, Andre Previn and Yuri Bashmet, and is also known for directing his own string sextet, the Arienski Ensemble, which won the 1992 award for the Best Chamber Music Performance on CD from the Music Retailers Association. He is now a member of a Piano Trio with Martin Roscoe and Peter Cropper.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK's oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra and has been at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life since 1840. The Orchestra gives approximately 70 concerts each season in its home, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, as well as concerts in venues across the city, including Liverpool’s two cathedrals.

The Orchestra tours regularly throughout the UK and world-wide and has an extensive discography featuring many critically acclaimed recordings.
Their contemporary music group, Ensemble 10/10, also award-winning, is at the cutting edge of classical music, commissioning and performing new music by many of today’s leading composers.

Its Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko, joined the RLPO in 2006 and is committed to stay with the Orchestra till 2015. Born in 1976, he is recognised as one of the exceptional musicians of his generation.


Atherton, David


In 1967 Atherton was co-founder of the London Sinfonietta[4] and, as its Music Director, a position he held until 1973, gave the first performance of many important contemporary works. Also in 1967 he was invited to join the music staff of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, by Sir Georg Solti. In 1968 he became the youngest conductor ever to appear there, conducting Il Trovatore. He spent twelve years as Resident Conductor giving over 150 performances. Also in 1968 he was the youngest conductor in the history of the BBC Proms Concerts and subsequently appeared in thirty contiguous seasons.[5][6]

In 1976 he conducted for the first time at La Scala in Milan, Italy. In 1978 he conducted at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California in the United States. Then in 1980 he was appointed Music Director of the San Diego Symphony, a post he held until 1987 and Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In 1989 he founded the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego and was appointed Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, a post he held until 2000. In recognition of his services to the music of Hong Kong, he was awarded the OBE and the title of Conductor Laureate of the orchestra.

He has also been the Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales[5] and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has also devised and conducted festivals in London featuring the complete works of Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Anton Webern and Edgard Varèse with the London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Opera House.
He has also appeared with the English National Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, as well as the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, which he returns to regularly. He also returns to California each summer to direct the Mainly Mozart Festival.
He has opened the Prague Spring International Music Festival and the Berliner Festspiele with the Berlin Philharmonic, and travels widely, in particular to the United States where he regularly visits many of the leading North American orchestras.

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Hugh Wood's Cello Concerto, concentrated into a single movement, is full of vigorous and dramatic orchestral writing; the ethereal Violin Concerto, performed by its dedicatee, is in three movements, centring upon the mercurial scherzo.

Originally released on Unicorn-Kanchana in 1978.


'[The concertos] still sound fresh a quarter of a century later... this is powerful music, beautifully performed.'
The Independent on Sunday


The Ancora Series is supported by Arts Council England


Recording date: 17-19 July 1978

Recording venue: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Engineer: Peter Willemoes
Producer: Antony Hodgson

Cover image: Francois Hall; Photo (C) David Bennett

(P) 1978 Unicorn-Kanchana Records

Chester Novello
Catalogue number:
NMC D082
Release Date:
4 January 2003