Rachel Cotton
General Manager
Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 17.05.45Rachel has been involved in music from an early age and went onto Study a BA in Music at Leeds College of Music, where she specialised in opera/vocal performance, community music and research. Rachel then went to the Royal Northern College of Music to study for a PGCE in Music. Since completing this she has  embraced a portfolio career combining arts administration with with working as a freelance singer and a music tutor in primary and secondary schools across the north west, devising and developing various outreach projects and workshops. Always on the look out for exciting new challenges she joined Team PSO in its infancy,  as their General Manager.  Rachel has helped to set up and establish the orchestra from concept to reality.

Tom Newall
Musical Director
Born in Leeds, Tom Newall trained at Durham University and at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. In the last ten years, Tom has held Principal Conductor positions with a variety of ensembles including Durham University Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, Leeds Youth Opera, Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra, Warrington Youth Symphony Orchestra and Blackburn Music Society. He has a wide ranging repertoire, with highlights including The Rite of Spring, Elijah, all nine Beethoven symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s fifth and sixth symphonies and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11. In Opera, Tom has worked as Assistant Conductor on a production of Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges, and has conducted fully-staged productions of Carmen and Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute as well as a number of brand new operas by Irish composer Ailis ni Riain, that were presented at the Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival in 2011. Tom has been Musical Director for shows including How to Succeed in Business without really Trying, My Fair Lady, The Wiz, Crazy for You, 42nd Street, Sweeney Todd, Kiss me Kate and Threepenny Opera.

Jaemi Blair Loeb

Principal Guest Conductor
IMG_0888Jaemi Blair Loeb is the Director of Instrumental Ensembles at Centre College, in Kentucky, U.S.A. where she is music director of the Centre College Orchestra and Centre College Wind Ensemble Dr. Loeb has recently been recognized for her work with these ensembles as a finalist in the 2014-2015 American Prize for both Orchestral and Wind Band Conducting and was a finalist in Orchestral Programming for the 2013-2014 season. The Centre College Orchestra and Wind Ensemble have also both been recognized as American Prize semi-finalists every year since Dr. Loeb joined the Centre faculty. In addition to her work at Centre and with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Loeb is the founding director of the International Conductors’ Festival – Danville For the festival’s inaugural season in July 2016, the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra will serve as orchestra in residence and present concerts, educational workshops, and outreach events. As an instrumental conductor who also works in choir, musical theater, and opera, Dr. Loeb enjoys working with musicians of all kinds and collaborating with living composers. Dr. Loeb came to Centre College in the fall of 2012 from Houston, Texas, where she founded the innovative Houston Heights Orchestra and held a variety of conducting and teaching positions. Dr. Loeb holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, a Master of Music in orchestral conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Modern Culture Media from Brown University.

Thomas D Hopkinson
Vocal Animateur in ResidenceThomas D Hopkinson Head Shot BW

Thomas trained as singer at the Royal Northern College of Music on both the Masters and PGDip courses. These studies were supported by The Laurin & Arthur Glaze Trust, The Sybil Tutton Award administered by the Musicians Benevolent and Thomas was The Independent Opera Scholar for the 2013/14 academic year. 

Thomas Thomas has peformed Collatinus (The Rape of Lucrertia), Betto (Gianni Schicchi) and Mustafa (L’Italiana in Algeri) in staged opera excerpts; full roles include Ben (Indigestion), Viktor (Anya 17 World Premier and tour to Romania); Nettuno & Tempo (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria), Drebyednyetsov (Paradise Moscow), Hans Foltz (Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg), Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Wagner (Faust), Count Ceprano (Cover, Rigoletto), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin) and most recently Ferrando (Il Trovatore). Thomas has sung chorus with The Longborough Festival Opera and Opera North. Thomas has also worked on the concert platform Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Beethoven’s ninth symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms Requiem, Tippet’s A Child of Our Time, Mozart’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, the Star Bear The Bear, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Haydn’s The Creation and multiple Opera Galas. 

Alongside his busy singing schedule Thomas also works as a Vocal Animateur and has worked with RNCM Youth Perform, Leeds Youth Opera, Nottinghamshire Scouts, Xaverian College, Bishop Grossesteste University, Blackburn Music Society, multiple choral societies and Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra. In his time with PSO Thomas has Chorus Mastered the 2015 Jason Manford Christmas Carol Concert, The Planets and Collyhurst Sings. Thomas has also helped to deliver educational workshops for PSO in conjunction with the Collyhurst Big Local, working with many Primary and Secondary students in the Collyhurst area. He also is the MD of The Academy Singers and Community Choir set up by PSO and The Manchester Communication Academy.
For further information about Thomas’ schedule see: www.tdhopkinson.co.uk