Imogen Davies is Co-Principal Oboe of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and will continue her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London in September 2014.
Imogen Davies was born in Chester, Cheshire in 1995 and is in her last year at Chetham’s School of Music. Her parents are both musicians and her younger brother also goes to Chetham’s. She started her musical career at Chetham’s as a Chorister in September 2004. During her time in the Manchester Cathedral Choir, Imogen took part in numerous events such as radio and television broadcasts and the Royal Maundy Service in 2007. The Cathedral Choir provided a strong musical foundation for Imogen, and having been inspired by other oboists at Chetham’s and the beautiful sound of the instrument, she began studying the Oboe in 2005 with Rachael Clegg (Principal Oboe, Manchester Camerata). After her Choristership ended in 2009, she reauditioned for the school to become a first study oboist.
Imogen has had the opportunity to work with Valerie Taylor (former Principal Oboe, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Manchester Camerata), and Stephane Rancourt (Principal Oboe, Halle Orchestra; former Principal Oboe, Royal Scottish National Orchestra). Imogen has also taken part in masterclasses with oboists such as Celia Nicklin, Christopher Cowie, Dudu Carmel, Jenny Galloway and Fabien Thouand. Imogen plays in Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, Wind Band and Wind Orchestra as well as numerous chamber ensembles. Imogen also studies Piano with Marie Louise Taylor.
Imogen is currently the Co-Principal Oboist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and in summer 2012, she took part in the Halle Youth Orchestra Summer Course and tour to Prague. She has also recently gained second prize at the Warrington Competition for Young Musicians. In November 2013, Imogen went to Sri Lanka as part of The Commonwealth Resounds organisation, playing and facilitiating workshops in orphanages and schools, as well as performing in the Commonwealth Concert with the Commonwealth Festival. As part of this trip, Imogen also played at the Commonwealth Observance Day in Westminster Abbey in March 2013.
Imogen is studying Music, German and French A-levels, and in September 2014, will begin her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with Christopher Cowie (Principal Oboe, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of St Martin in the Fields).