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Hamish Brown is a pianist, accompanist, organist and arranger based in London, UK. An award-winning and versatile musician, Hamish has performed as a vocal accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and soloist in numerous venues across the UK and abroad. He is currently the Lord and Lady Lurgan Piano Accompaniment Fellow at the Royal College of Music, a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and winner of the 2019 pianist prizes at the Mozart Singing Competition and Somerset Song Prize.

Originally from Wiltshire, Hamish read music at the University of Manchester, studying piano with Andrew Wilde, and graduating with First Class Honours. He continued with postgraduate studies in Piano Accompaniment, studying with Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles at the Royal College of Music, where he was awarded first prizes in accompaniment for all four major RCM vocal competitions, and graduated with Distinction. During this time, Hamish also performed in the RCM Rising Stars series at the Cadogan Hall with saxophonist Philip Attard, at Wigmore Hall with baritone Huw Montague Rendall, and was selected as a student of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, supported by a Viola Tunnard Scholarship.

In March 2017, Hamish and tenor Peter Harris (www.peterharris.ie) were selected as one of the two winning duos for the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform; this has led to performances at St John’s, Smith Square, Oxford Lieder Festival, Aberystwyth and Dolgellau Music Clubs, International Lied Festival Zeist, and Heidelberger Frühling.

Hamish has performed with the acclaimed contemporary music ensemble Constella OperaBallet in the theatrical work Sideshows (by Leo Geyer) at the Lilian Baylis Studio (Sadler's Wells) and at West Kent College, Tonbridge. Other venues at which he has performed include Royal Over-Seas League, V&A Museum, Royal Festival Hall, Alexandra Palace, Carole Nash Recital Room, and the Wyvern Theatre, as well as events including Leeds Lieder Festival, Deal Festival, and Arundel Festival, where he has performed on period keyboard instruments.

Hamish has taken part in masterclasses given by pianists such as Anna Markland, Ronan O’Hora, Philip Fowke, Peter Lawson, Michael Dussek and Graham Johnson, and played in masterclasses by singers such as Edith Wiens, Roderick Williams, Simon Keenlyside, Elly Ameling and Sir Thomas Allen.

As an orchestral pianist, he has performed with orchestras including the RCM Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia, under conductors including Jac van Steen, John Wilson, Vladimir Jurowski, Brett Dean, Martin André, Michael Seal and Simon Over.

Hamish is also a composer and arranger of a number of chamber and solo works. He has studied composition with Richard Whalley, Camden Reeves and Kevin Malone, and his music has been performed by Vaganza, the Quatuor Danel, and at the New Music North West Festival in 2012 and 2013. More recently, the London-based Asyla Ensemble, conducted by Oliver Till, has performed his flute concerto Candy Nebula, as well as his arrangement for full orchestra of Schoenberg’s Vier Lieder, Op. 2.

Whilst classical music occupies the majority of his work, he is equally at home with other styles. Having had a long love of jazz music, he has played jazz piano with the Manchester University Big Band, and the RCM Big Band under the guest direction of renowned trumpeter Mike Lovatt. Hamish has experience of work in musical theatre, including Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, Joshua Schmidt's Adding Machine, and Frank Loesser's How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. He was also featured on the Ivor Novello Award-nominated track 'Cargo' from the 2015 album Bleeds by Roots Manuva.

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Hamish Brown is a London-based pianist, whose work has included performances as a vocal accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and soloist. He is the current Lord and Lady Lurgan Piano Accompaniment Fellow at the Royal College of Music, a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and winner of the 2019 pianist prizes at the Mozart Singing Competition and Somerset Song Prize.

Hamish read music at the University of Manchester, studying piano with Andrew Wilde, graduating with First Class Honours. He then continued with postgraduate studies in Piano Accompaniment, studying with Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles at the Royal College of Music, where he was awarded first prizes in accompaniment for all four major RCM vocal competitions, and graduated with Distinction.

In March 2017, Hamish and tenor Peter Harris were selected as Oxford Lieder Young Artists, which has led to performances at St John’s, Smith Square, Oxford Lieder Festival, Aberystwyth and Dolgellau Music Clubs, International Lied Festival Zeist, and Heidelberger Frühling.

Other venues at which he has performed include Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Over-Seas League, V&A Museum, Royal Festival Hall, Alexandra Palace, as well as events including Aldeburgh Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival and Deal Festival.