Wendy Picton is a new composer quickly gaining recognition for inspiring music of quality. Over many years, she has earned the reputation as one of the world's finest brass players with many world awards, concerts, television appearances, commissions and sponsorships. From the outset of her career Wendy has studied composition. She has been a fellow of the London College of Music since 1987 and she has Diplomas in Music to picture and Media Composition. Her music is right up to date with a solid grounding and qualifications in music technology and her rich musical experience gives her the composition skills and flexibility necessary to work in the field of Film and Media Music and Dance.
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Wendy Picton has the kind of musical artistry and breathtaking virtuosity that has uniquely marked her as one of the finest brass soloists in the world and now most recently her compositions are gaining her international recognition.
Early in her career Wendy was recognized as a brilliant young soloist, with her Royal Albert Hall debut at 16 years of age. From then on, much in demand, she gained international recognition for her superb musicianship and exceptional technical brilliance. She has also been acclaimed for her unique sound, stylish playing and elegant stage presentation.
Her supremely difficult and always entertaining programmes have shown dazzling accuracy, great flair and panache.
Over many years, Wendy has worked as a soloist in the brass, big band and show business worlds. Constantly breaking new ground, she has commissioned many new works for Euphonium, including a concerto by Dr. Derek Bourgeois. For the World Premiere of the Bourgeois concerto, Wendy was accompanied by the Orchestra of the Mill and conducted by Peter Donohoe. Wendy has also commissioned a Sonata and etudes from the wonderful Lancastrian composer Frank Hughes and has performed his work on many occasions including a recital at The Purcell Rooms on the South Bank, London.
In 1992 the Miraphone Company of Germany named a Euphonium after Wendy, The Model Wendy Picton.
Tours have taken Wendy across the UK, Europe, Middle East and USA and the receptions given to Wendy’s playing are exceptional with many resounding standing ovations.
Prestigious Awards and Competitions won by Wendy include, ‘The British Youth Solo Championship’ 1980 & 1982 (joint winner 1981) ‘Young brass player of the Year’ 1980
runner up in the brass final of the BBC TV’s ‘Young Musician of the Year’ 1982, winner of the ‘WS Lloyd Webber Performance Award’ 1986, finalist in the ‘Cosmopolitan/Clairol Women of Achievement’ awards 1991 & 1992 and many many more. In March 1993 Wendy was presented with the world award ‘Euphonium player of the Year’ and she is listed in the book of ‘Who’s Who’
An experienced Radio and Television performer, Wendy made her debut as a soloist on TV in ‘Brass in Concert’. Then came ‘Star Brass’, ‘Pebble Mill at One’. ‘Best of the Best of Brass’, ‘Where do we go from e with Peter Skellern and the children’s TV show ‘No.73’ to name but a few programmes. Radio broadcasts are numerous and include BBC radio 2’s ‘Nightride’, ‘Platform Live’ on Classic FM with Adrian Love, the first radio broadcast of the Bourgeois Concerto on radio 3 and many more appearances on local and national stations.
Wendy was also a featured soloist for 14 years with The New Squadronaires Dance Orchestra with whom she has appeared at many of the major concert halls and theatres in the UK, including the Barbican, Royal festival Hall and London Palladium. With the band she has worked with many major stars including, Matt Monro, Anthony Newley, Guy Mitchell, Frankie Vaughan, Miss Anne Shelton OBE, Dame Vera Lynn, Vince Hill, Tony Christie and Stutz Bearcats. In 1994 for the commemoration concerts on board the QE2 and Royal Albert hall, London, the bands celebrity guest was Mr. Bob Hope.
Wendy made her professional conducting debut in New York in 1994 and since then has acted as musical director for a number of ensembles and artists which include Miss Joan Reagan and Mr. Ronnie Hilton, BBC 2 Radio presenter.
An important part of Wendy’s history is her schools concert tour and one of which she is very proud. Over many years Wendy has performed concerts in many hundreds of schools for many thousands of children. Since 1988 the tour has been sponsored by local, national and foreign business, namely, Boosey and Hawkes, The Miraphone Company of Germany, Rushworh’s Music House, Chalon Press of St. Helens and the world glass manufacturer Pilkington. In addition, the tour has received excellent support from local education authorities.
Bringing Wendy’s career right up to date , she has now entered the world of composition and now composes music for Film, Commercials and Multi-Media. She has recently composed a ballet “The Snow Queen” based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, ‘The Snow Queen’ which is 78 minutes of orchestral score, received its world premiere in November 2008 receiving excellent acclaim and was performed in London in February 2009. Future performances include a performance by The St. Albert Ballet Academy, Alberta, Canada in February 2010, Danse en Ille de France nr.Paris in June 2010 and Basingstoke Academy of Dance in July 2010. In addition Wendy has written a children’s short story and play with music, Christal, Tutu, Fairy and Bo which has also been performed as a ballet by The Anderson School of Dance in Cheshire in February 2009. In contrast she has recently completed music for the British Rally Cross racing champion Tony Lynch.Wherever Wendy has performed she has received both public and critical acclaim for excellent music and exciting performances and is undoubtedly one of the finest exponents ever of the Euphonium. Her vast musical experience has now given her the knowledge needed to enter the world of film, media music and music for ballet and dance.