Cellist and teacher Jennifer Langridge studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where she was awarded the Barbirolli Prize for Cello. She went on to become a Junior Fellow of the RNCM as part of the Nossek String Quartet, which enjoyed a successful recital career for 10 years until 1999. Jen has been Principal Cello of Psappha Ensemble since 1993. The group performs regularly on BBC Radio 3, has made many CD recordings and has a YouTube channel of more than 200 films of live concerts. Jen often performs as a soloist with Psappha, most notably at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms in 2004, playing Maxwell Davies, ‘Linguae Ignis’ for solo cello and ensemble. In 2018, Jen formed the Victoria String Quartet with colleagues from RNCM staff, and have since performed in venues such as The Stoller Hall and the Bridgewater Hall. As well as being a solo recitalist, Jen is also a frequent guest Principal for orchestras. Previously, she held the position of Principal Cello of the Northern Chamber Orchestra and was for ten years a member of the BBC Philharmonic. More about Jennifer here.
Interviewed by Mark Heron, Jennifer talks about a number of topics such as the role of the section string player, experiences with young conductors, differences between conducting a new music ensemble and symphony orchestra, working with composers and the level of consultation with musicians when an orchestra is deciding on a new chief conductor.
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