Hamish Brown is a pianist, accompanist, organist and arranger based in London, UK. An award-winning and versatile musician, Hamish has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in numerous venues across the UK. He is currently the Lord and Lady Lurgan Piano Accompaniment Fellow at the Royal College of Music, London, and a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Originally from Wiltshire, Hamish read music at the University of Manchester, studying piano with Andrew Wilde, and graduating with First Class Honours. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music, studying Piano Accompaniment with Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles, graduating in July 2016 with Distinction. During his studies, he won first prizes for accompaniment in all four of the major RCM vocal competitions.
In 2016, Hamish performed in the RCM Rising Stars series at the Cadogan Hall, 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.co.uk) 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, and International Lied Festival Zeist.
Hamish has performed with the acclaimed contemporary music ensemble Constella OperaBallet in the theatrical work Sideshows at the Lilian Baylis Studio (Sadler's Wells) and at West Kent College, Tonbridge.
Other venues at which he has performed include the Carole Nash Recital Room, the Wyvern Theatre, the Royal Over-Seas League, the V&A Museum, the Royal Festival Hall and Alexandra Palace, as well as events including the Leeds Lieder Festival and Deal Festival.
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. He has performed on period instruments, including continuo in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and a recital on harpsichord and square piano at the Arundel Festival in August 2015. Having also 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.