Name: Francesca Moore-Bridger
Instrument: French horn
'Francesca Moore-Bridger delivered the all-important first horn part with finesse and an Alan Civil-like depth of tone; she is surely a star in the making.'
Francesca progressed through the National Children's Orchestra and National Youth Orchestras of Great Britain, before reading Music at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she held an instrumental award scholarship. Following her undergraduate studies, she won a full scholarship (awarded by the ABRSM) to study at the Royal Academy of Music where she was Principal of all the Academy Orchestras and winner of numerous awards, including the prestigious Dennis Brain Memorial Horn Prize. Graduating with distinction, she went on to spend two seasons as the Principal Horn of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago in Chile before returning to London to continue a freelancing career.
Francesca has worked with many of the top London Orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and the London Chamber Orchestra. Upon returning to the UK she spent a season working with the Welsh National Opera and now works with the Longborough Opera Festival Orchestra, where she performed Wagner's Ring Cycle in 2013. She also regularly works as a film session musician with the London Metropolitan Orchestra and with theatre companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Francesca is an established soloist and performed Britten's 'Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal' at the memorial service for the late John Amis. She gives regular recitals around the UK both as a soloist, and chamber musician with her ensemble, The Pirani Trio, and last year played Mozart's fourth Horn Concerto in Guildford Cathedral with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra. Francesca is the Principal Horn of the Orchestra of the Swan, with whom she also works as a soloist. She performs concertos with the orchestra and in 2014 played the World Premiere of Roxanna Panufnik's 'The Generation of Love'.