Surrey Mozart Players

Next Concert

Saturday 15th June 2024
7.30 pm

Holy Trinity Church


Schubert - Rosamunde Overture (Die Zauberharfe)
Sibelius - Violin ConcertoSupported by Bryan Baxendale
Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 5

Violin - Ionel Manciu
Conductor - Philip Ellis

Photo Credit: Lisanne Soeterbroek


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21 & under: £5

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More about the conductor

This concert will be conducted by Philip Ellis who was appointed as Music Director of the Surrey Mozart Players in March 2023.  

Since winning first prize in the Leeds Conductors’ Competition in 1991, Philip Ellis has worked extensively throughout the UK conducting many concerts with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, City of London Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia and over 400 concerts with English Sinfonia.  He is a passionate supporter of Music Education and has worked extensively with amateur orchestras, community and youth groups throughout his career.  He is very much looking forward to a long and exciting collaboration with Surrey Mozart Players as their new Music Director, working together with this wonderful orchestra on the next stage of their already distinguished musical journey.

He made his international debut conducting the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 1987, leading to engagements with Hong Kong Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Symphony, Belgian National Orchestra, Flanders Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, St Petersburg Symphony, National Orchestra of Mexico, Western Australian Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Würtembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Neue Philharmonie Westfallen and many broadcast concerts with the BRTN Philharmonic (Brussels) for radio and television.

Philip Ellis works extensively as a conductor for dance.  As conductor for Birmingham Royal Ballet since 1989, he has conducted the majority of their productions.  He also regularly guest-conducts for international ballet companies: The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, La Scala Ballet in Milan, Paris Opera Ballet at the Opera Garnier, The Australian Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Mikhailovsky Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Hong Kong Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Korean National Ballet and Gothenburg Ballet.

On CD, he has recorded Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf and Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals with the Philharmonia. Copland Rodeo, Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, El Salon Mexico and a series of Concert Classics discs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Contemporary Clarinet Concertos for Nimbus with Emma Johnson and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with Dimitri Ferschtman, recorded live in concert from the Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam.   

In his free time, he is a keen artist, particularly interested in portraiture - working in a wide range of media. A selection of his work can be seen on his website and on instagram @philellisart

More about the music

Schubert’s magnificent overture for “Rosamunde”, bears no relation to the themes of his famous incidental music; he ran out of time before the opening night and never composed a Rosamunde Overture - He simply recycled an earlier work, but not even the one we will hear in this concert.  Surrey Mozart Players will perform Schubert’s most accomplished overture, written for his early opera “The Magic Harp”, but now universally known as his “Rosamunde Overture”.


Vaughan Williams fifth, one of the finest symphonic works of the twentieth century, manages to evoke both the glory and nobility of the English countryside, whilst addressing some of the most profound, grief-ridden issues facing everyone throughout the second world war period.  It is simultaneously one of his most serene and powerful works, offering little evidence of the labour and worry the piece had caused him for so many years. Vaughan Williams considered it one of his greatest achievements and dedicated the symphony “without permission” to his compositional hero Sibelius. 


It is therefore most fitting that we welcome back Ionel Manciu, as violin soloist to perform Sibelius’s powerful and haunting violin concerto with us in the first half of the concert.

Philip Ellis

More about the venue

Venue Location

The concert takes place at Holy Trinity Church in the centre of Guildford.

Holy Trinity Church
High Street

By Road

Guildford is reached via the A3 (London or Portsmouth directions).  

By Train

The church is approximately 10 minutes walk from Guildford Mainline Station which is served by regular trains to/from London Waterloo and Victoria, Portsmouth, Reading, Gatwick Airport, Haselmere and Ascot.


The nearest car park is:

Castle Car Park, Sydenham Road, GU1 3RW (for Holy Trinity & Trinity Centre)


A ramp is available at one of the entrances to the church.  Please contact us on if you have any specific requirements.


Drinks will be available before the concert and during the interval.

More about the soloist

Ionel Manciu

Described as an 'energetic and agile violinist' with 'bold, passionate colours', Ionel Manciu is quickly building a reputation as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader.  

Born in Bender, Republic of Moldova, Ionel Manciu is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions. He made his debut with the Moldovan National Chamber Orchestra aged ten.

In 2012 he won a full scholarship to study with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where performances included a recital at the Carnegie Hall, a performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 at the Barbican Hall, and a recital of all six Ysaÿe Solo Sonatas at the 1901 Arts Club.

Recent highlights include recordings of Chausson’s Concert and Bosmans’ Violin Sonata for BBC Radio 3.

Ionel's great passion and love for orchestral repertoire has garnered attention from top orchestras and conductors, which led to being appointed First Concertmaster of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.  He also regularly collaborates was Guest-Concertmaster all around the world.

Ionel is a sought-after chamber musician and as a founding member of the Mithras Trio he won the 10th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition and 67th Royal Overseas League Competition.  They are currently BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, Kirckman Music Society Young Artists and members of the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme.

Ionel last performed with the Surrey Mozart Players in January 2022 playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor.  

Ionel plays on a Gagliano violin generously loaned by the Tompkins Tate Musical Instrument Trust.

Ionel's encore - January 2022

Ionel performing with the Mithras Trio