International Cellist & YYS Patron
“It’s a real honour to become involved with Yorkshire Young Sinfonia as musical patron. I feel passionately about collaborative art and the bringing of young people together in a vibrant, non-competitive and healthy environment where the seeds of inspiration and gift of sharing can be sown. In a climate where arts funding and education are being increasingly compromised, orchestras such as YYS are crucial to the musical future of tomorrow; its joyful and motivational energy is a credit to the country. Yorkshire has always demonstrated a feisty and entrepreneurial spirit and this organisation will only go from strength to strength with the support it so clearly deserves.”
Jamie Walton was born in Germany before moving back to the UK at an early age. Noted for his rich, powerful sound with purity of tone and emotionally engaging performances he was one of the great William Pleeth’s last students who said of him: “He is a cellist of outstanding performance ability. Combining warmth of tone with a technical command that reaches dazzling proportions, he leaves little doubt as to the success that lies ahead of him – he is a musician of great integrity whose performance give great pleasure”. Jamie has already been compared by some reviewers to great ‘cellists of past times with his distinctive sound and clean interpretations marking him out as a true individual. He plays on a Guarneri instrument dated 1712.
In the UK Jamie Walton has performed concertos with many of the eminent orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra, appearing at Symphony Hall Birminghan, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, Fairfield Hall and many others. He gave his BBC National Orchestra of Wales debut with a Radio 3 broadcast of the Elgar concerto and has appeared throughout much of Europe, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Australia and the UK performing concertos, recitals and giving broadcasts. He recently performed the Lutosławski concerto in Poland and made his Finnish debut with Bloch’s Schelomo alongside Bach and Britten Suites before returning for a series of Walton concertos with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra/Damian Iorio at the Sibelius Hall. Last summer Jamie gave his Canadian debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra under Courtney Lewis with a series of Elgar concertos.