Young musicians and international music stars take London by storm

JT Fast Fiddlers

Musicians from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and special international guests will take to the St John's Smith Square stage on Monday 4 November to celebrate exceptionally talented musicians as young as four.

The Young Musicians Gala will be hosted by John Suchet, who presents Classic FM's biggest programme each morning between 9am and 1pm.

The concert will also feature award winning harpist and Trinity Laban alumnus Claire Iselin, Trinity Laban piano star Naufal Mukumi, guest pianist Kerem Hasan and the Sacconi Quartet. The Fast Fiddlers are part of Junior Trinity's String Time programme, which encourages young players on their musical journey in ensemble and creative work via professional coaching.

The Gala is the brainchild of Lord Lipsey,Trinity Laban Chair and Chair of the Classical Parliamentary Group. Lord Lipsey said: "As Chair of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, I see the alchemy that turns musical talent into achievement and fulfilment ever day of the week. I wanted to make the results accessible to a wider public so they can hear the glory that is music education for themselves."

Darren Henley OBE, Managing Director of Classic FM, said: "We believe that music has the power to change young lives for the better, so we are honoured to be working with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, who not only train the brightest and best graduates and postgraduates, but also nurture the musical talent of younger children."

The Gala is a Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance concert supported by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Classical Music and Classic FM.

Pic - Junior Trinity Saturday class (low res) - credit - Belinda Lawley


Ama Ofori-Darko

Ama (b.1994) was a student at Junior Trinity until July 2013, and a beneficiary of the DfE Music and Dance Award Scheme. She took the A level Music course at Junior Trinity and her other A levels at Newham Sixth Form College and is now applying to conservatoires and universities to study music with a specialism in voice. Ama has contributed to many Junior Trinity events in vocal ensembles and as a soloist in the Prizegiving concert at Cadogan Hall in July 2013. She has also taken part in Junior Trinity masterclasses and has attended the Eton Choral Course for three successive years. Her favourite repertoire is Strauss lieder and she enjoys going to the opera and listening to a range of music from classical to jazz and R&B.  She greatly admires Renée Fleming and Ella Fitzgerald.

Anthony Daly

Anthony Daly lives in London and is a seventeen year old organist, pianist, harpsichordist and composer. He has been studying at Junior Trinity for the past seven years. Anthony is already known as a versatile performer, having been featured as a soloist and accompanist on numerous occasions, including performances at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich and at his school Eltham College. In 2011, he toured with the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra to Switzerland, and in 2012, gave a joint concert with a young Swiss trumpeter, Corinne Fischer. He also enjoys participating in chamber music, and is part of an early music ensemble and a piano trio. Anthony was recently given an Associateship Diploma and awarded two prizes by the Royal College of Organists, and will give a recital at the 2014 London Organ Day. Anthony's place at Junior Trinity was originally funded through the DfE Music and Dance Scheme. For the past three years he has been the beneficiary of the Sterndale Adkins Bursary.

Claire Iselin

French-born Claire Iselin enjoys an exciting and varied career performing as a soloist and chamber musician, with her concerts taking her around the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany and China. Claire is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (BMus (Hons) and Masters in Performance degrees, both with distinction), studying under Gabriella Dall'Olio. Claire has won several awards and international prizes such as Outstanding Musician Prize at the Ibla Grand Prize International Music Competition 2013, the City Music Foundation 2013, Isabelle Bond Gold Medal Competition 2013; the Director's Prize for Achievement 2013; and the Silver Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2012. Claire has performed along with the Mercury Quartet in Kings Place and has been an orchestral player or guest principal with BBC Concert Orchestra, Manning Camerata,  Southbank Sinfonia, the European Union Youth Orchestra and the World Orchestra. Claire recently performed at the City Music Foundation Showcase and will go on tour with the World Orchestra in November 2013.

Dan James

Dan is a professional cellist who began conducting during his time at Junior Trinity under the tutorage of Andrew Morley. He studied with Jonathan Tilbrook and Gregory Rose whilst on the undergraduate course at Trinity Laban and furthered his studies with Sian Edwards, after gaining a place on the masters conducting elective, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Dan has worked with orchestras including the Brighton Youth Orchestra, Musicians of All Saints and the Greenwich Sinfonietta. He has been principal conductor of the Brighton and Hove Junior Youth Orchestra since 2009.

Kerem Hasan

Emerging young conductor and pianist Kerem Hasan first came to attention when he won first prize at the London International Music Competition in 2005 leading to his debut recital at St Martin in the Fields. He has since performed concertos by Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Liszt throughout the UK, Europe and USA with recent highlights including Beethoven with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the European Union Youth Orchestra in Switzerland. In 2010 Kerem made his London conducting debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and has worked with orchestras including European Union Youth Orchestra, Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Berlin, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Dartington Festival Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra (Karlovy Vary) and the Gotha Philharmoniker.Kerem has worked with eminent musicians including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Sian Edwards, Steuart Bedford, Reinhold Friedrich, Stephen Hough, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gianandrea Noseda, Edo de Waart and Garrick Ohlsson. Born in 1992, Kerem is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

John Suchet

John Suchet presents the flagship morning programme on Classic FM, every weekday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Before joining Classic FM, John was best known as one of the country's most popular television newscasters, working for ITN for 17 years until 2004, then again for Channel Five in 2006. Before becoming a newscaster, John was a reporter for ITN, covering major events around the world. He has been honoured for both roles: Television Journalist of the Year 1986, and Television Newscaster of the Year 1996. Since leaving the world of television news, John devotes his time to his lifelong hobby, classical music, and in particular to the life and work of Beethoven. He has published six books on the great composer, the latest being 'Beethoven - The Man Revealed' (Classic FM). John regularly hosts large scale orchestral concerts at popular UK venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.

Naufal Mukumi

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Naufal began his piano studies at the age of seven. After winning several prizes in international piano competitions, he left Uzbekistan aged 16 and entered the Purcell School of Music to study with Tessa Nicholson. He has just completed his BMus (Hons) in piano performance at Trinity Laban under Head of Piano Deniz Gelenbe, and is going on to study for his Postgraduate Diploma as part of his Loveday Scholarship. Naufal also won the Boise Foundation scholarship for the second time in 2013, the only pianist to do so.

Sacconi Quartet

The award-winning Sacconi Quartet (Ben Hancox violin; Hannah Dawson violin; Robin Ashwell viola; Cara Berridge cello) is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Performing with style and commitment the Quartet is known throughout the world for its creativity and integrity of interpretation. Formed in 2001, its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. Over the past decade they have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London's major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music. The Sacconi won First Prize at the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition and Second Prize, the Sidney Griller Award and the Esterhazy Prize at the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. They also won the Kurtág Prize at the 2005 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition and First Prize in the Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition. In 2006 they were selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT) and also nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. To date, the Quartet has given eighteen world premières and two British premières.

Sofia Lisak

Sofia Lisak (b. 2001) decided she wanted to play the violin after seeing a teacher perform at her local primary school. Lessons started in earnest when she joined Junior Trinity's String Time Programme in 2008. In 2012 Sofia was a soloist in Monti's Czardas in the Junior Trinity Prizegiving Concert at Cadogan Hall and also took part in the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games, alongside members of the London Symphony Orchestra. Sofia is currently studying violin at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, under Kristoffer Dolatko. She loves performing music on the violin, but is also interested in developing her knowledge of the piano, as well as composition.


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