Young Musician of Dyfed – Masterclass Leader and Adjudicators

Steve Bingham

Steve Bingham is a violin player, orchestra leader, conductor and recording artist who also plays Electric Violin. He studied violin with Emmanuel Hurwitz, Sidney Griller and the Amadeus Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded prizes for orchestral leading and string quartet playing. He formed the Bingham String Quartet in 1985, a group which has remained at the forefront of UK chamber music, working for radio and television both in the UK, Europe and Australia, as well as building a discography of over 10 CDs.

Steve has guest led a number of UK orchestras and also given solo recitals both in the UK and the US. He released a debut solo CD album called "Duplicity" in 2005, and his second solo CD album, "Ascension" was released in 2008. In 2010 he released a CD album of poetry and music with Jeremy Harmer, called "Touchable Dreams".

Over the last few years Bingham has developed his interest in improvisation, electronics and World music. Some of the musicians that he has collaborated with are guitarist Jason Carter, Tabla player Sanju Vishnu Sahai, Sitar player Baluji Shivastrav and pianist Abdullah Ibrahim.

Andrew Wilson Dickson 

Andrew Wilson-Dickson is a musical polymath: as a composer he has had his music, from chamber music to operas, commissioned and broadcast by the BBC and supported by the Arts Council and other foundations. As a keyboard player (a pupil of John Lill and Nicolas Danby) he gives piano and organ recitals, plays chamber music with a number of groups and leads the Welsh Baroque Orchestra from the harpsichord. After 20 years on the staff of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama he was awarded an honorary fellowship and now teaches there part-time. This reduction in his teaching commitments allows him to make more music – on paper and in concert. He also conducts the Welsh Camerata, the only choir in Wales specialising in early choral music. Andrew's book The Story of Christian Music is still available in a dozen languages, from Korean to Hungarian.