WPO GUEST CONDUCTORS - 2020
WARWICK TYRRELL is one of Australia’s most accomplished and inspirational musicians.
Highlights of his extraordinary 30 year career include holding the position of Principal Trombonist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Outright Winner of the International Trombone Competition 1988 and having been a concerto soloist in South Africa and the United Kingdom with The London Philharmonic and all over Australia with the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. He has also toured China and the USA as a soloist. Warwick has recorded concertos for Australia’s biggest classical music recording company ABC Classics for CD release with The Adelaide Symphony - the only trombonist ever to do so.
In addition to his classical music, Warwick had a great love of music theatre, and he left The London Phil to study acting, singing and dancing, subsequently being offered two years full time work in the Australian touring productions of Cabaret and Jolson, appearing alongside such pop stars as Tina Arena and Lisa McCune. At the same time, Warwick ran a business which produced pop music singing and dancing shows about personal safety in Primary schools all over Australia, performing to over 100,000 school children and selling over 10,000 CDs.
Warwick is now a trained conductor, being awarded a Masters in Orchestral Conducting in 2018. Whilst at the Con, he received the Peter Davidson Award – at $25,000 one of Australia’s most prestigious classical music awards. He has conducted and compered education concerts for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conducted in regional work for the Queensland Symphony, as well as running his own sold out concert series in Sydney which presents an amazing display of community Bands to an 800 strong subscription audience.
Warwick loves encouraging others in music, helping them to draw out of themselves things they never thought possible! He spends much time travelling as an adjudicator and music educator, working with school and community ensembles all over the country.
CHRIS UPTON began his studies at the age of 8 in tenor trombone, commencing his piano studies at the age of 13. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music (Performance), studying under Sydney Symphony Orchestra trombonists Ronald Prussing and Scott Kinmont.
Whilst studying, Chris began his conducting studies under Dr John Lynch. He has since then participated in many conducting events, including the Melbourne Youth Orchestras Summer School under Max McBride, and the ABODA masterclass under Dr Tze Law Chan.
Chris formed the Hills Shire Symphony Orchestra in 2017 after having travelled all over Sydney as a trombonist to play in orchestras and seeing the need for a local community orchestra in the Hills Shire. The orchestra has since performed many iconic works, including Beethoven’s Third and Fifth Symphonies. In 2020 Chris is delighted to be conducting the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Grieg’s Symphony in C and a world premiere by Daniel Rojas.
Chris is a passionate teacher, conducting several primary school-aged ensembles across Sydney. He also runs a music school in Rouse Hill, NSW.