OFE offers some of the finest young musical talent the UK has to offer, united by our love of music and commitment to engaging new audiences with climate change and the natural world.
* denotes section principal
** denotes section co-principal
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Victoria Gill | Leader
Victoria is a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studies with Philippe Honoré. Having played the violin for eighteen years, she has enjoyed performing at prestigious venues across the world. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for three years, and studied at the Purcell School of Music, with violin teacher Tony Cucchiara. It was here that she realised her love for chamber music, being selected to perform with her string quartet at the Wigmore Hall in 2015. She went on to win the Rosemary Rappaport Prize for Outstanding Musicianship (2015). Victoria graduated with a First Class degree in Music from Christ Church, Oxford. During her time at Oxford she studied with Yossi Zivoni and was an apprentice of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. She gave numerous recitals and achieved a place on the Young Artists Platform. Victoria was Leader of the Oxford University Orchestra, Ensemble ISIS, and various other ensembles while an undergraduate. She has enjoyed masterclasses in recent years with Vadim Repin, Markus Daünert and Tasmin Little. Victoria is a recipient of awards from The Countess of Munster Trust and Help Musicians UK. She is also a scholar at the Royal Academy, where she has enjoyed leading the Academy Symphony Orchestra, Manson Ensemble and performing with the Academy Soloists.
John Warner | Founder & Artistic Director
John Warner studied Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours in 2016, and an MSt with Distinction in 2017. He is Founder and Artistic Director of Orchestra for the Earth, and Chief Conductor of Central London Orchestra. Recent conducting engagements include staged excerpts from Tristan und Isolde at the Sheldonian Theatre (Oxford), Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate at Grimeborn Opera Festival, masterclasses with the Britten Pears Orchestra and Marin Alsop, and guest appearances with Oxford Chamber Orchestra, Oxford Sinfonia, and the Orchestra of St. John’s. Since 2018 John has also assisted Antony Negus at Longborough Festival Opera. Upcoming projects include a return to Grimeborn with Amy Beach’s Cabildo, a debut with the Oxford University Orchestra, a masterclass with the BBC Philharmonic, and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony in Amsterdam as part of Het Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival 2020.
Photograph of John Warner © 2019 Zain Odho.