Assistant Conductor 2020- Rita Fernandes 

KCLSO offer the opportunity of an Assistant Conductor position to a KCL music student for a season, providing extremely valuable orchestral conducting experience with one-to-one coaching from our Musical Director, Jonathon Lo. Previous Assistant Conductors have gone on to undertake postgraduate conducting studies at institutions including the Royal Academy of Music and Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

We are delighted to announce that our newest Assistant Conductor for 2020 is the wonderful Rita Fernandes! She will be the first ever female assistant conductor of KCLSO and we cannot wait to see what she brings. 

Rita's musical career began as a violinist. Notable experiences include holding lead positions in Australia's National Youth Orchestras, graduating from the Lausanne Conservatoire in Switzerland in 2016 and working as a freelance violinist in London. She moved to London in 2017 in order to study a Bachelor of Music at King's College London, of which she is currently in her third year. During her time at King's, Rita has begun to develop her skills in musical direction and conducting. Having already completed production tasks organising events in Switzerland and London, Rita became Assistant Musical Director of the Modern Music Society in her second year, conducting and preparing the Berio Folk Songs and Britten's 'Les Illuminations' (in which she played violin while conducting). She also regularly conducts compositions by King's students and professors. During her second year she also conducted the King’s College Symphony Orchestra as assistant conductor. She is currently Musical Director of the Modern Music Society and prepared Strauss' 'Metamorphosen' as first violin and conductor as well as Ed Nesbit's 'Concerto' for the society’s November 2019 concert in the King’s College Chapel. She is currently preparing Webern’s ‘Five Pieces for Orchestra’ and Schoenberg’s Op.9 ‘Kammersymphonie’ for the society’s March concert. In December 2019 Rita was the Musical Directorr and conductor for King’s Opera’s production of Kurt Wiell’s ‘The Threepenny Opera’ for King’s Opera. Rita has and continues to participate in conducting materclasses and hope to pursue a career in musical direction and conducting. 

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