Webster opened the 2022/23 season making his debut conducting the Ulster Orchestra in a BBC Radio 3 concert, featuring Anna Clyne’s ‘Within Her Arms’, Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Gabriel Schwabe, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. He was immediately re-invited by the orchestra to takeover two further BBC programmes later that month, including Bartók’s ‘Dance Suite’, Hindemith’s ‘Mathis der Maler’, Mozart’s Ballet Music from ‘Idomeneo’, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with María Dueñas.
In the autumn, Webster returns to Glyndebourne as assistant conductor for the Tour production of Mozart’s ‘Le nozze di Figaro’. He will also make his Austrian debut with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz in December. Following his successful debut with the Nagoya Philharmonic in an Elgar, Mozart, and Vaughan Williams programme last season, Webster returns to Japan to debut with the Osaka Philharmonic in works by Brahms, Chopin, and Tchaikovsky in May 2023 and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra next season.
In recent seasons, Webster has conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra (Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 & Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, ‘Eroica’), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Mihaud’s ‘La création du monde’), Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Brahms’ Symphony No. 4), Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Vaughan Williams’ London Symphony), BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Dvorák’s ‘Water Goblin’ and Elgar’s Enigma Variations), and Nagoya Philharmonic in Japan (Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 5). In the opera house, Webster assisted Riccardo Minasi for Glyndebourne’s production of Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’ with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at their Summer Festival in 2021.
Raised in Cornwall, Webster studied piano with Elena Needham and viola with Tim Boulton. Aged twelve, he made his conducting debut with Cornwall Youth Orchestra, later becoming their principal conductor. After winning joint top prize and the orchestra prize at the Jorma Panula International Conducting Competition in 2018, Webster became one of the inaugural Salonen Fellows at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he studied with Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Webster is studying piano with Alasdair Beatson at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and has played in masterclasses with Ferenc Rados and Rita Wagner at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove.
“Webster was no less brilliant in the Brahms where it was obvious that he simply adored the music, and it was a joy to see a conductor with a genuine sense of wonder.”
“Already in Elgar’s Introduction and Allegra, Webster drew attention to his ability to control the symphonic apparatus in terms of pace and shaping narrative plans between soloists and tutti [National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra] … Webster brilliantly coped with the monumental form of the work [RVW Symphony 2] in terms of building tension and relaxation, both in the entire cycle and in its individual parts… kept the ensemble perfectly in check. It is worth following the further steps of the young Briton and the path that his career will follow”
Following a superb debut last summer, British conductor Angus Webster returns to Ulster Orchestra for two further concerts in BBC Radio 3’s summer series at Ulster Hall in Belfast: 16 August 2023 1.05pm, Ulster Hall Huw Watkins: Dawning Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin...
Following a hugely successful debut earlier this month conducting Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms, Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and Schumann’s Symphony 2, Angus Webster returns to Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, stepping in to conduct two programmes as part of BBC Radio 3’s...
Angus Webster conducts Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra on 13 and 14 May 2022. In celebration of Ralph Vaughan William’s 150th anniversary, the programme features Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C major (with soloist Yoshi Mizuho), and Vaughan...