Ben grew up in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, where he started playing the French Horn under the tutelage of Carl White, as well as taking lessons on the piano. He continued his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating in 2018. At the RNCM he enjoyed a wealth of performance opportunities in a variety of ensembles from Symphony Orchestra to Wind Quintet, playing the Natural Horn and Wagnertuba on several occasions. He studied with Stefan Dohr, Tim Jackson and Alberto Menendez, and since graduation has performed with ensembles such as The Orchestra of Opera North, The Halle and The Manchester Concert Orchestra. Ben also played on the soundtrack of Lego: The Incredibles in 2018. He is a member of The Band of The Yorkshire Regiment, an Army Reserve band based in Huddersfield, with whom he has played in France, Germany, Denmark and Lithuania as well as across the UK. Since graduating in 2018, Ben has taken up teaching positions across West Yorkshire with a focus on the French Horn and Trumpet, as well as continuing his freelance career.
Anne-Marie Czajkowski studied voice as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music and has recently completed her PhD in Applied Psychology of Music majoring in mindfulness and music education at the University of Leeds. She has performed at ENO, for WNO and various other opera companies, sung on TV, radio, and recently toured Berlin singing arias from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. She has been teaching voice for 22 years and currently teaches at Leeds College of Music.
Kathryn Vedder performed March 30th 2019
While working on her degrees, Kathryn Vedder (Katie) travelled through Europe with the Boulder Youth Symphony and the Colorado Youth Symphony. She also played in Carnegie Hall with the Flint Youth Symphony and was the featured soloist with the Fort Lewis Percussion Ensemble, Fort Lewis Wind Symphony, Un Poco Trio and the Symphonic Anime Orchestra. She played with multiple orchestras, bands, jazz bands, and chamber ensembles. Katie has performed her own arrangements at the International Clarinet Association's Clarinet Fest and is a prolific arranger. She primarily arranges for clarinet quartet and the Symphonic Anime Orchestra, an organization that she founded and directs. Katie received her Bachelors of Arts from Fort Lewis College and her Master of Music from the University of Colorado studying under Dan Silvers. Love brought Katie to Harrogate, England, where she teaches, writes, and explores the world with her husband and cats.
Catherine Strachan performing on Saturday 22nd September 2017
Diane Peacock sang at the 23rd June 2018 concert.
Diane Peacock trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and TheRoyal Academy of Music. She has worked with several touring opera companies and performs as a soloist for choral societies and as a
recitalist of both classical programmes and music theatre.
Philip Cull played on 17th June 2017
The Thirsk Sinfonia is delighted to welcome the oboist Philip Cull as its soloist this evening. Philip was born in Hertfordshire and studied at Trinity College of London where he was awarded ‘The City Livery Prize’ and first prize in the College Chamber Music Competition. After a period of freelancing in London he moved to the North East of England.
Toby White played on 24th September 2016