Cayenna Ponchione in focus – Orchestra of St John's | Taking classical music out into the community

Cayenna Ponchione in focus

Our new Associate Conductor has a busy life in Oxford – from academic researcher to conductor, from playing Marimba (her specialist percussion instrument) to organising Academic conferences on Conducting, from researching aspects of Historically Informed Practice (HIP) in 19th Century music, to organising trips to help detainees in Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, from commissioning new pieces in the ‘Womens WaterWork’ series, to writing her own compositions for percussion.

A current preoccupation is OSJ’s strengthening relationship with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul. We aim to help the musicians there in the long term; in the short term we have started long-distance lessons on trumpet and conducting via Skype.  In the medium term we will bring 30 girls from their orchestra to the UK in March 2019 for a week of activities and concerts.  See here for an overview of community projects

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