Rising Stars 2007

Rising Stars 2007 - James Maloney, Joss Brookes and Hannah Roper

Preparations are well under way for Solihull Symphony Orchestra's annual Rising Stars concert, to be held this year on Sunday 25 February at 15:00 at Arden School, Knowle.

Hannah Roper
Mozart - Violin Concerto No 5

James Maloney
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue

Joss Brookes
Elgar - Cello Concerto in E minor

Violinist Hannah Roper (right) is 11 years old and lives in Herefordshire. She began playing the violin just before her 4th birthday and commenced studies with her teacher, Barrie Moore of Malvern Suzuki a year later. She is a pupil at Hereford Cathedral School where she holds a music scholarship. She has played with the National Children’s under 11 Orchestra and also with Pro Corda, the National Chamber Orchestra for Youth and is currently the youngest member of the Chandos Symphony Orchestra.

Hannah has won prizes in the Hereford and Cheltenham Music Festivals for the past five years. In 2006 she obtained distinction at Grade 8 on the violin and was offered a place to study at the internationally renowned Yehudi Menuhin School.

In addition to the classical genre, Hannah enjoys playing Irish folk music, jazz and improvising to silent films.

James Maloney, a pianist and trumpet player, is seventeen years old, lives in Solihull , and attends St. Peter's Sixth Form College. He has been a member of the Lyndon Music Centre for nine years, studying the piano under the tutelage of Kath Todd, and has been offered a place to read music at St. Catherine's College Oxford , from October 2008. He has recently performed principal trumpet in Britten's "Noye's Fludde," produced by his college teacher Stephen Lansberry, and is currently preparing to play the piano part in a newly commissioned opera by the world renowned composer Michael Finnissy. James has given solo and ensemble performances at a range of venues including Warwick Arts Centre, the NEC and Birmingham Symphony Hall. He is interested in twentieth century music, and particularly composers such as Gershwin, Reich and Copland.

Joss Brookes began cello lessons at primary school with Veronica Raven who has been his teacher for eight years.

Now fourteen, Joss plays cello in the Birmingham Schools' Symphony Orchestra, and in a number of ensembles at Hall Green School and with fellow cellists with whom he has had a long association. He is also currently taking part in a joint school project with the CBSO.

He began piano with Mary Moss when eight, and is now studying with Matthew Elliot. 2007 is becoming an important year with preparation underway for both Grade 8 cello and piano.

Since starting to play the organ in May 2003, with Michael Perrier, Director of Music at St. Mary's Moseley, Joss has also become an assistant organist at St. Peter's, Hall Green.

In addition to his position as bass guitarist in his family’s band, Joss also enjoys sport, in particular cricket and badminton, and represents the school in table tennis


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