The Mahler Project was started in 2000 by Keith Willis, and has brought together hundreds of musicians through the music of Mahler. Sadly Keith died of a brain tumour in 2011, since when the concerts have been conducted by Keith's colleague, Daniel Capps, who is continuing the project in his honour, with the proceeds going primarily to Cancer Research UK. Some of our CYM students were invited to join in with the famous Bim Bam chorus from the Knabenchor in the 5th movement. Matthew O'Keefe who is the choir tutor at CYM was the Chorus Master, and Daniel Capps, recently of the New York City Ballet, was the Conductor. The glorious mezzo-soprano soloist was Emma Stannard, recently graduated from the Royal Academy Opera Course. The Mahler Orchestra and Frauenchor were made up of students from the London music colleges, universities and young professionals. The next concert with be Mahler's 8th, the Symphony of 1000! Watch this space!
String players from CYM and
the LSSO recently helped to enlarge the Morley Chamber Orchestra for a concert
including Beethoven’s 1st piano concerto and pieces by John
Woolrich. This was an extremely successful collaboration and the student
players received much praise for their high standards of playing and their
professional attitude. There are 4 more concerts to follow, each one including
a Beethoven piano concerto.
The Morley chamber orchestra will give a series of five concerts in 2017-18, conducted by Charles Peebles. These will include the performance of all Beethoven’s piano concertos with Morley tutors as soloists, as well as ‘new’ works by John Woolrich, Colin Matthews and Paul Sarcich.
On Saturday 30th September we had a busy lunchtime including the Friends of CYM AGM & Concert and a visit from Jeff Warner!
The Friends of CYM are a huge part of
the CYM family they had a great AGM and concert where Christine Bisatt was announced the new FCYM Chair - Congratulations Christine!
Following on from the lunchtime concert we had a visit from Jeff Warner who did a performance followed by a workshop with the CYM Folk Ensembles.
Jeff Warner is among the
nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from
the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountaintops of America connect
21st-century audiences with the everyday lives – and artistry – of 19th-century
Americans. “Providing more than just rich entertainment, Jeff will leave you
with a deeper appreciation of the land you live in” (Caffé Lena, Saratoga,
NY). His songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bring us the latest
news from the distant past. Jeff Warner sings traditional American and English
folk songs. He has performed at festivals and schools throughout America and
abroad, and has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution. A Folklorist
and Community Scholar for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, he was named a
2007 State Arts Council Fellow. He has recorded for Flying Fish, Appleseed and
John Lyon’s Charity celebrates awarding £100million over 25 years
On 27th September The John Lyon's Charity were delighted to be celebrating awarding £100million in grants to benefit children and young people across their Beneficial Area.
Since the Charity was formed in 1991, over 3,400 grants have been awarded to over 1,500 organisations. The first grant round in 1991 distributed £198,166 in grants compared to the £10.2million awarded in the last financial year (2016/17).
A quartet formed of two CYM students and two CYM alumni members met once more as the Morley Quartet to entertain guests as they arrived at Westminster Abbey for a celebration of the fund raising successes of the John Lyons Charity.
We started this year at CYM with a visit from Joe Broughton. Joe Broughton is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and educator based in Birmingham, UK. As well as his own internationally renowned band The Urban Folk Quartet, Joe has played with everyone from Joss Stone to Fairport Convention. His compositions have been performed at The Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Centre in London and his workshops in performance and ensemble playing are legendary amongst the teaching community. We were lucky enough to have workshops with Joe all day which gave us a very inspirational start to the year!