Ana Vandepeer – Violin
Ana is in the final year of her Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music. She’s been playing with BCO for about a year now and loves the eclectic mix of genres they perform, particularly covers of 70s & 80s tunes. She is mainly a classical performer/freelancer but grew up playing a lot of folk for her Morrismen friends in Kent.
She we be the violin soloist for Saint-Saens’ La Muse et le Poete in upcoming concert ‘Le Gloire de Paris’, Feb 2019.
Michael Ruddlesden – Trombone
Michael is a London based trombonist and sousaphone player. His main jam is writing and gigging at clubs and festivals with 11-piece hip-hop outfit Dat Brass, where he specialises in turning the sousa signal into a room-shaking bass synth. Michael has just joined BCO and we’ll be foregrounding his innovative sousa-teckers at our Grime Symphonic night in POW in March.
‘I can’t wait to play Brixton Disco Festival with BCO! Mashing up a classical ensemble, confetti cannons and thumping disco – YES!’
Dara Phillips – Bassoon
Daria began lessons on the mini-bassoon at the age of 7 as part of a council run project. She attended the Junior Guildhall music course where she held the Bassoon Scholarship and received the Woodwind Prize. Daria is a member of the Junior Chineke! Orchestra, an initiative that aims to promote diversity in classical music making. She was a Junior Artist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (2016-17).
She is currently studying at Guildhall school of Music & Drama, with the aim of pursuing a career as an orchestral bassoonist, alongside other musical activities.
Sarah Daramy-Williams – Violin
Sarah began learning the violin at the age of 10, and was immediately taken by the possibilities of sound she could make with this instrument. She studied at Chethams’ School of Music (2011) and the Royal College of Music (2017), and will be completing her Master’s degree in Rotterdam under the tutelage of Gordan Nikolic.
‘My favorite thing about music is that there is always something more to discover and learn. I love to drown myself in the sound world of Johannes Brahms (all of the symphonies, sonatas, concertos, you name it) and will never exhaust myself of Bach.
The beauty of BCO is that it is open to anyone. I feel that I can connect easily with audiences when I play with the orchestra.’
Chris Vickers – Trumpet
Chris studied Mathematics at the University of Bristol but decided that a career in maths would be far too isolated, and so decided to pursue music with an MA in performance at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire.
He has a truly diverse taste in music and particularly enjoys playing jazz and baroque music.
‘My favourite concert with the BCO has been Eternal Praise with Brixton SDA Gospel Choir. We played some beautiful baroque and classical repertoire as well as exciting new arrangements with fantastic Gospel singers and musicians. I found this really helped me to improve my own musicianship.’
Ruby Moore – Cello
Ruby studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and since graduating, has played with prestigious orchestras such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. She has much experience in diverse genres, having played in award winning shows which include Spring Awakening and Little Women, as well as gigging with popular artists such as Flux Pavilion and Bill Laurence. As well as playing in Capital Orchestra and Southwark Sinfonia, Ruby has been a member of the BCO for 6 months and is excited for many future performances with them!
Matthew O’Keeffe – Music Director
Matthew went to a very musical school and attended CYM in Morley College as a teenager. He started conducting aged 15 when he started a choir at Corpus Christi Church, Brixton Hill. Matthew graduated from King’s College London with a first-class music degree in 2017 and was awarded the Purcell music prize. Matthew moved back to Brixton and worked as a freelance singer. Having done lots of conducting at university, Matthew founded Brixton Chamber Orchestra in 2018 after realising how many orchestral musicians now lived in the area. Matthew enjoys working in all musical genres: he also directs classical vocal group Scherzo, and Lunchbreak Opera. He composes and arranges music and plays sax in a Big Band. ‘BCO is a really exciting ensemble to direct! I love the fact that there are no rules governing what we can do, where and for whom. I love sharing classical repertoire as widely as we do, and being able to lay an orchestral varnish on so many other kinds of music feels so innovative and rewarding.’