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Fantasia Orchestra tackles a broad and eclectic range of repertoire with fresh, youthful, and energetic vigour, breathing new life into old works and celebrating new ones. It has forged strong artistic partnerships with eminent soloists including Alim Beisembayev, Jess Gillam, Thomas Gould, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Vadym Kholodenko, Jennifer Pike, Laura van der Heijden, and Steven Osborne.

Recent Fantasia Orchestra highlights include our 2023 debut at The Newbury Spring Festival; a co-commission with the London Mozart Players of a new arrangement of Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo, premiered in the UK by Fantasia with soloist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and London performances with Laura van der Heijden and Jess Gillam. Festival debuts in 2024 include the Northern Aldborough Festival and the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire, while we return to the Guiting Music Festival in the Cotswolds and will open the Proms at St Jude's Festival in London.

Fantasia Orchestra is formed of some of the UK's finest young musicians and their concerts showcase classical and contemporary music making at the highest level. Founded in 2016 by Conductor and Artistic Director, Tom Fetherstonhaugh, it is an ensemble with a unique on-stage chemistry; a community of friends and colleagues, many of whom trained together in their teens, who are now at the start of their professional careers.



Jess Gillam

Hailing from Ulverston in Cumbria, Jess has been forging her own adventurous path since she shot to fame becoming the first saxophonist to reach the finals of BBC Young Musician and the youngest ever soloist to perform at the Last Night of the Proms.

As well as performing around the world, Jess is a presenter on TV and Radio and was the youngest ever presenter for BBC Radio 3.


Tom Fetherstonhaugh

Tom is Artistic Director of Fantasia Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. His recent projects include a joint concert with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra, a concert for peace in the Korean Demilitarised Zone, and a return to Ulster Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah.


Alim Beisembayev

Alim Beisembayev won First Prize at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2021. He also took home the medici.tv Audience Prize and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society Prize for contemporary performance, with The Guardian praising him as a “worthy winner” with a “real musical personality”.

Announced as a BBC New Generation Artist, Alim made his Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms debut in 2023.


Martin James Bartlett

Martin possesses a fearless technique – the British pianist is the inaugural recipient of the Prix Serdang, a Swiss prize in recognition of the achievements of a young pianist while forging an international solo career.

Bartlett’s early success was as the winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014. This led to engagements with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and, in 2015, his BBC Proms debut.


Laura van der Heijden

Laura was the winner of the BBC Young Musician competition aged 15.

Also a passionate chamber musician, Laura is a key member of the member of the critically-acclaimed Kaleidoscope Collective alongside Tom Poster and Elena Urioste, who perform a wide variety of captivating repertoire across the UK and beyond.


Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku’s career and performances span the globe! Whether performing for children in a school hall, at an underground club or in theworld’s leading concert venues, Sheku’s mission is to make music accessible to all. After winning the BBC Young Musician competition in 2016, Sheku’s performance at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018 was watched by two billion people worldwide.


Braimah Kanneh-Mason

Braimah has an episode in the BBC series, ‘In the Studio’, has co-presented a radio programme for Classic fm and recorded as a soloist for BBC Radio 3. He's a passionate advocate for equal opportunity and diversity in music education and is a Cultural Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda and a Junior Ambassador for Music in Secondary Schools Trust. He has been a mentor at Sistema England and Junior Music Works.


Plínio Fernandes

Plínio released his debut album Saudade in 2022, which hit Number One on the Billboard Traditional Classical Albums Chart. Plínio was named on Forbes Brazil’s Under 30 list and a Rising Star by Classic FM. A passionate advocate for music education, Plínio was invited to join London Music Masters as an ambassador, and is involved with performing, teaching and guiding young musicians in schools.


Harry Baker

As a jazz musician, Harry has worked with top jazz performers at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the Royal Festival Hall. As a classical pianist, collaborations with artists including singers Fatma Said and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

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Will Dollard

Will started his musical education as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral Choir School. He was a music scholar at his secondary school and went on to read music at the University of Glasgow, graduating with an MA Mus. He is Composer and Musical Director at the Goblin Theatre, London.


Jennifer Pike

Renowned for her 'dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique' (Classic FM), violinist Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world by storm with her unique artistry and compelling insight into music from the Baroque to the present day. In demand as soloist and recitalist all over the world, she is known as an artist of exceptional integrity and depth.

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Steven Osborne

Steven Osborne OBE is one of Britain’s most treasured musicians with an immense depth of musicality and exceptional refinement of expression across diverse repertoire be it in Beethoven or Messiaen, Schubert or Ravel, Prokofiev or jazz improvisations. His numerous awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year, two BBC Music Magazine Awards and two Gramophone Awards.

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Jane Cutler

Jane is the musical founder of DaCapo. Together with Michelle Groves, she has been researching and testing the DaCapo approach to musical education with children for over twenty five years, fine-tuning the best methods, approaches and resources needed for an effective music education.

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Vadym Kholodenko

Combining fierce pianism, an unrivalled breadth of repertoire, and a level of interpretative refinement that ascends to the realms of poetry.

Gold Medallist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Kholodenko’s distinguished pianism and profound artistic gifts have led to invitations from many of the world’s finest orchestras and concert halls.


Isata Kanneh-Mason

Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason is in great demand internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. She offers eclectic and interesting repertoire with recital programmes. In concerto, she is equally at home in Felix Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann (whose piano concerto featured on Isata’s chart-topping debut recording) as in Prokofiev and Dohnányi.


Tasmin Little

Tasmin Elizabeth Little CBE is an English classical violinist. She is a concerto soloistand also performs as a recitalist and chamber musician. She has released numerous albums, winning the Critics Award at the Classic Brit Awards in 2011 for her recording of Elgar's Violin Concerto.

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