2019 – 2020 Season
Musical director: Bjorn Bantock
From the 2017-2018 season, we are very pleased to welcome Bjorn Bantock as the Hunts Phil’s musical director and orchestral condcutor. Bjorn has an extensive performance schedule conducting numerous ensembles and orchestras internationally. He has performed in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, China, South Africa, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Russia, Malta, Ireland, and the UK. Some of his recent engagements include the Clare Memory Orchestra, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town, the European Bienniale in Naples, the Svanker Music Festival, the International String Orchestra Festival in Malta, and the Open Strings Festival in Denmark.
Bjorn is also the principal conductor of the Europa Ensemble and the Film Score Spectacular Orchestra.
Bjorn founded and is principal conductor for the London Chamber Strings, which showcases London’s finest string professionals. Hand-picked specifically for their musical integrity and stunning virtuosity the London Chamber Strings are led by David Juritz.
Bjorn regularly conducts the Hertfordshire Philharmonia and worked as conductor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the London Contemporary Dance School, and the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.
Bjorn is the principal conductor for the Irish Memory Orchestra working along side award winning composer Dave Flynn and collaborating with some of Ireland’s leading musicians including: Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Martin O’Connor, and Liz Carroll.
Bjorn has been broadcast live for the SABC and TG4 television, and recorded and produced CD’s for the Kingsway Record label.
Bjorn studied conducting with Colin Metters, Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has won numerous prizes, bursaries, and scholarships including first prize in the Sir John Barbirolli competition, RNCM Contemporary Music Performance Prize, and a Full International ABRSM Scholarship.