Sydney Eisteddfod alumni Christopher Pidcock has had an incredibly successful career as a cellist since winning the Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Doctors Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship in 2009, then known as the Nelson Meers Foundation Instrumental Scholarship.
After his return to Australia in 2012, Christopher joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and is now in his fifth year. In addition to playing with the Orchestra, he also organises the Opus Now concert series .
The Opus Now – Concert Series 4 will be held on 6 September 2017, which he describes as “a wonderful mixture of musicians, composers and improvisers”.
“Classical music lovers will have their ears shaken and stirred in this concert series. The series is committed to three things- Beethoven string quartets, free improvisation, and contemporary/indigenous composition” he explained.
Christopher's ensemble The Pidcock Quartet will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet in D Major, Opus 18 No. 3, however audiences can expect something slightly different with the musicians performing on period instruments for a historically informed approach. This piece will see Christopher playing the Cello, with the other members, Caroline Hopson and Mathew Greco playing the violin and David Wicks playing Viola.
A trio of bass clarinets, the Lacuna Trio, comprised of Jeremy Rose, Paul Cutlan and Jason Noble will also perform improvisations. The concert will conclude with Zane Banks and Georges Lentz, one of Australia' greatest living composers, presenting a selection of music from Lentz’ 50-minute solo electric work, Ingwe.
Christopher reflected on his time competing in Sydney Eisteddfod as a positive and encouraging experience, which allowed him to grow as a musician.
“I'm very grateful for the support Sydney Eisteddfod has given me over the years”, he said.
Still in his early twenties, he won the Scholarship with a passionate performance that enabled him to engage in further studies abroad with Hans Jorgan Jensen at the Northwestern University in Chicago.
“Competitions like Sydney Eisteddfod affirm the work you are doing, but the motivation to make compelling music must come within.”
His advice to young musicians thinking of entering Sydney Eisteddfod is to “pick the right mix of pieces that show off your musical personality, and you will do well. Forget that you are competing and play how you play, relax and focus on the music.”
Sydney Eisteddfod is incredibly proud of everything Christopher has achieved and is certain that he will continue to do wonderful things with Opus Now and Sydney Symphony.
Opus Now - Concert Series 4 will be held on 6 September 2017 at Alpha Gallery, Newtown.