The Rehearsal Orchestra has the benefit of a team of high-quality and experienced professional musicians. Conductors and section leaders are at the heart of everything we do, and their enthusiasm and expertise make every Rehearsal Orchestra course an inspiring experience.

Levon Parikian

Levon Parikian is much in demand as Guest Conductor with orchestras throughout Britain. He is Principal Conductor of several London-based orchestras, and the City of Oxford Orchestra. He has worked extensively with students and youth orchestras, including the Royal Holloway University of London, where he also taught conducting for many years. In 2014 he conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra in a rerecording of the theme tune for Hancock’s Half Hour for The Missing Hancocks on BBC Radio 4.

Levon studied conducting privately with Michael Rose and David Parry, and at the Canford Summer School with George Hurst. He then pursued his studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire with the great Russian teacher Ilya Musin.

Levon is also a writer. His first book, Waving, Not Drowning, was released in 2013. It was described as “hilarious and wise” by fellow conductor and author Kenneth Woods, “a must-read” by Classical Music magazine, and “mercifully short” by Lev himself. A second book, Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? was published in 2018 and combined birds, family, music, nostalgia, the nature of obsession (and obsession with nature) in a story of "200 birds, 12 months and 1 lapsed birdwatcher".  Published in 2020, Lev's third book, Into the Tangled Bank, was described as "funny, accessible and full of wonders - a genuine breath of fresh air" by Melissa Harrison, author of All Among the Barley, and is a journey exploring the quirks, habits and foibles of how the British experience nature. Lev's fourth book, Music to Eat Cake by, is a collection of essays exploring everything from the art of the sandwich and space travel to how not to cure hiccups and, of course, his beloved birdsong, each subject inspired by a suggestion from his readers.

Levon first conducted the Rehearsal orchestra in May 2000 and was appointed Artistic Director to succeed Harry Legge in April 2002.

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