• Patron of the Friends of the HCYO •


David Owen NorrisThe Friends of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra are proud to announce that David Owen Norris has accepted the invitation to be their Patron.

David Owen Norris is principally known as a pianist, broadcaster and composer. He has performed solo piano recitals around the world and has recorded many piano concertos and pieces for solo piano. Besides this work on the modern piano, David Owen Norris is an acknowledged expert on early pianos and owns a number of interesting antique pianos. His talents extend beyond the piano – he was an organ scholar at Keble College, Oxford, he plays B flat bass and French horn and is Harpist for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

As a broadcaster, David Owen Norris is well known on BBC Radio 3 (The Works and Building a Library) and BBC Radio 4 (the Playlist series). He has also played live on BBC television, including the BBC Proms (four times) and has been a regular contributor to BBC 2’s Proms Extra.

As an academic, David Owen Norris is Professor of Musical Performance at the University of Southampton and holds many other positions as Professor or Fellow within Britain’s leading music colleges. In November last year, he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

David Owen Norris is a regular contributor to the BBC Music Magazine with his “Notes from the piano stool”. Following his visit to HCYO’s concert at the end of the 2015 Bryanston course, he wrote a most complimentary article, describing the Barber Violin Concerto as “a model of musical lucidity”.