Conductors' Course Personnel

Alexander Vedernikov

(OCC Guest Director)  has recently been announced as Chief Conductor Designate of the Royal Danish Opera, and he will take up his role there from the 18/19 season. His international reputation has gone from strength to strength over the past decade and he is in high demand as a guest conductor. He works regularly with a list of orchestras that includes the Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony, Orchestra Verdi Milan, NHK Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (with Martha Argerich at the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano), Netherlands Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Gothenburg Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, and Czech Philharmonic. He has also worked with the Sydney Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony, China Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Montreal Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, among many others.

In the field of opera, Alexander Vedernikov has frequently conducted at Berlin’s Komische Oper and has worked throughout Italy at La Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Regio in Turin, and Opera di Roma. He has conducted productions at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Bastille Opera in Paris, Finnish National Opera, Zurich Opera, Frankfurt Opera and the Royal Stockholm Opera. Currently Chief Conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, Alexander Vedernikov has brought this orchestra to a new level of international recognition and is currently working on a three-year project to perform Wagner’s Ring Cycle in concert. From 2001 to 2009 he was Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre, and has been credited with rebuilding the Theatre’s historical reputation for artistic excellence.  

Charles Peebles 

(OCC Associate Director) studied at Cambridge University, the Guildhall and as a conducting fellow at Tanglewood. In 1992 he won the first International Cadaques Conducting Competition and has since conducted virtually every Spanish orchestra. He has worked with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony and National Orchestra of Mexico as well as with many of the leading British orchestras. In the opera house Charles has conducted productions for English Touring Opera, Broomhill, Garsington, Glyndebourne and the Bavarian State Opera. He has conducted highly successful productions of Carmen and Hansel and Gretel for St Magnus International Festival.



The Norwegian Radio Orchestra’s history is also the history of Norwegian broadcasting, and it is a significant part of Norway’s cultural history. During the tenure of its first Principal Conductor, the legendary Øivind Bergh, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra won great popularity in Norway for its programming of light music and classical favourites. Since that time the orchestra has steadily expanded its repertoire and its international reputation and Sverre Bruland, Principal Conductor 1976-1988, established the orchestra’s commitment to presenting contemporary Norwegian music. 

In recent years the orchestra has collaborated with international musicians and conductors such as Mario Venzago, Juaão Mena, Kees Bakels, Mikail Jurowski, Anna Netrebko, Truls Mørk, Augustin Hadelich, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Renée Fleming, as well as having the privilege of performing every year at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. The Orchestra’s discography has grown considerably over the last few years, particularly during Miguel Harth- Bedoya’s period as Principal Conductor. 


The Assembly Project is a flexible ensemble of some of the UK's finest singers and instrumentalists, bringing together artists in collaborative, multidisciplinary performances. Created by composer Alasdair Nicolson and producer Bethany Alexander, The Assembly Project works with existing repertoire as well as creating, commissioning and developing new work.

The ensemble has given performances for Faversham s Magna Carta celebrations, the St Magnus International Festival, Palendriai Composers Course, Lithuania, with Faversham Voices and as part of Scot:Lands at Edinburgh s Hogmanay. Current projects include a brand new chamber opera, a community oratorio work and a concert with narrators and mime artists for children's audiences. 


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