Trinity Laban string alumni Elin Parry (viola), Andrea Montalbano and Claire Sledd (both violin) have been appointed to the Southbank Sinfonia for 2017.
Southbank Sinfonia brings together 33 outstanding graduates from all over the world to communicate the power and worth of classical music in the 21st century. Each year, the musicians tackle a wide range of musical styles as part of an intensive nine month programme. Southbank Sinfonia performs across Britain and Europe, making a blazing case for why classical musical matters.
Central to the experience are partnerships with leading arts organisations, enabling players to connect with wider audiences. The Southbank Sinfonia is providing live orchestral accompaniment to the National Theatre’s current production of Amadeus, which features alumnus Peter Willcock.
Andrea Montalbano commented:
“This was one of my goals and dreams after my studies and I'm glad I’ve made it a reality! I would like to thank all the teachers who supported me at Trinity Laban, my time there was great and I changed a lot - both as musician and a person.”
Elin Parry added:
“I'm really excited, this is an amazing opportunity which will help me prepare for life as a professional violist. I'm looking forward to covering a huge variety of repertoire, working with outstanding conductors and playing with other young musicians from around the world!”
Head of String Department Nic Pendlebury congratulated the students:
“All three have worked extremely hard towards achieving this goal and this opportunity will be extremely beneficial in building professional foundations for what I am sure will be exciting careers. I wish all three the very best of luck and look forward to hearing of more of their success.”