Have a read about all the musical activities taking place at the Centre for Young Musicians week by week.
Friday, 14 September 2018
CYM London Summer Update
CYM London Summer Update
What a busy summer we've had at CYM London.
A few highlights from the Summer Term
Thank you to ex students Amelia Dew & Clarence Ip-Tang who returned to CYM for a recital in April. We're always delighted to welcome back past students.
In May, the Woodwind Department at CYM were lucky enough to have a visit from Christian Forshaw saxophonist and professor of Saxophone at the Guildhall School. Christian worked with three of our older students and was a great inspiration to all! The Masterclass was funded by the very generous Jack Petchey Foundation.
Later in the term we were very delighted that Tim Barratt came to work with six CYM students on set pieces in an open masterclass. Teaching forms a major part of Tim's musical life and he works with pupils of all ages and levels from beginner to post-graduate. Having taught at the RAM, TCM and Morley College for many years, Tim is now Head of keyboard at Dulwich College. He frequently directs teachers’ workshops and masterclasses for performers in the UK and Far East and is a busy competition and festival adjudicator.
Early in June, we invited Vera Fonte to give a workshop on memorisation, thanks once again to funding from the Jack Petchey Foundation. Vera is a pianist, music teacher and researcher in the fields of music education and music psychology and holds a bachelor degree in piano performance and a masters in music teaching from the University of Minho (Portugal). In 2014 she joined the Centre for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music (RCM), where she has been working on her PhD. Vera has worked at the RCM as a graduate teaching assistant and regularly performs solo and ensemble pieces in many parts of Europe. Vera premiered contemporary works by composers such as Wynton Guess, Vitorino d’Almeida, Paulo Bastos and Luis Pipa.
On the 30th June we held the final of the annual Louis Watt Competition. The Louis Watt Memorial Fund is the charity set up in 1997 to commemorate Glen Louis Watt, who died in October 1996. He was a teacher in secondary schools in north and east London and headmaster of Tollington Park School, Islington. In retirement, he was a very keen supporter of the LSSO and CYM. He was also chairman of the Friends of the LSSO .
The fund helps Louis’ passion for classical music and opera to be transmitted to future generations of school children. It supports the annual competition at CYM and other activities at the Centre too.
Our three finalists were:
FRANCESCA BIESCAS RUE - FLUTE Francesca is half Spanish and lives in Watford where she is a day pupil at The Purcell School currently studying for her A-Levels. She has flute lessons with Anna Pope and Abigail Burrows and also studies voice and jazz. She is in her second year playing with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Ash and enjoys performing in orchestras, ensembles and also solo.
DAVEN MITCHINSON - HARP Daven started her musical life at the age of 3 when her parents started to teach her piano and theory. At 7 she was given the opportunity to learn the Harp. By the age of 10, she had successfully achieved Grade 8 with Distinction on the piano and was accepted into the Purcell School in London as a Harpist. A year later saw her performing on stage with Lang Lang at the Royal Festival Hall. Since then Daven has had the opportunity to perform solo on the Harp at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, and with her Harp Quartet and LSSO Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London. Daven has also been a keen performer supporting the North Middlesex Hospital in their fundraising charity concerts. She has performed and won at music festivals including the North London Music Festival. This summer she is looking forward to concerts which include performing at the Southwell Minster and the Royal Festival Hall.
MEBRAKH HAUGHTON-JOHNSON - CLARINET Mebrakh is currently a student at the CYM Saturday Centre. After winning his school’s Annual Concerto Competition, Mebrakh had the opportunity to perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A major accompanied by the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (KSO) - with whom he now regularly plays. Mebrakh led the London Youth Wind Band as Principal Clarinettist in 2017. Mebrakh is particularly passionate about mentoring younger children; he was part of a team that volunteered in a school in Cologne, Germany where he tutored infants and adolescents in reggae and ska music. Mebrakh will be studying Saxophone under Kyle Horch and Clarinet under Timothy Lines at the Royal College of Music from September 2018.
Serbian pianist Aleksandar Madzar is well known to European audiences, having won prizes in Geneva, Leeds, the 'Busoni' and 'Umberto Micheli' competitions. He is a frequent guest of the Wigmore Hall in London, the Theatre de la Ville in Paris, the Brussels 'Bozar', the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Conservatorio in Milan.
The LSSO is generously funded by the City of London Corporation and part of the Guildhall Young Artists programme. The recent tour to Transylvania was supported by the Mihai Eminescu Trust (MET), founded by Jessica Douglas-Home, dedicated to the conservation and regeneration of villages and communes in Transylvania and the Maramures, two of the most unspoilt regions of Europe. “In July 2018, 100 music students from the LSSO descended on Malancrav, one of the most magical medieval villages in the heart of Transylvania” comments Jessica Douglas-Home. "Malancrav is one of the many villages where the Trust has been working, and was the perfect place for the musicians from England to join forces with their contemporaries to make music and dance. It was an inspired decision to go there and discover this part of Romania.” Tickets are available from the Barbican Box Office.
In 2020 CYM celebrates half a century
To celebrate, we’re launching an appeal, through our sister charity FYM, to raise £500,000 over the next 3 years. We need to raise much needed funds to support talented disadvantaged young people to ensure they don’t miss out on attending The Centre for Young Musicians. We also need to purchase many new instruments and upgrade our old van!
If you're CYM Alumni, you can sign up to be part of the celebrations here.
"There is no way my parents could have provided by their own means the thorough and inspiring music education I received at CYM... this excellent training built a very strong foundation for my life in music." Djano Bates, jazz musician and CYM alumni
To support the work of FYM, the charity that fundraises for bursaries for students to attend CYM, please donate today.