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Three New Winners announced for 2019/20 St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ Scheme

St John’s Smith Square

Since its reinvention as a concert hall in 1969, St John's Smith Square has played a pivotal role in supporting the most promising young musicians. The St John's Smith Square Young Artists’ Scheme aims to develop the career of emerging artists by giving them the opportunity to perform in one of London's finest concert halls, and the three most recent awarded winners of the Scheme are the Barbican String Quartet, pianist Joseph Havlat and early music group Improviso.

The St John's Smith Square Young Artists are each awarded a minimum of three performance dates in St John's Smith Square over the course of the concert season. The artists are invited to select their repertoire, as well as market the concerts to their own following, and produce programme notes, giving them the independence they need to progress in their professional careers.  

Alongside this, and working with guidance and support from the staff at St John's Smith Square, the Young Artists also undertake a number of other projects during their year on the scheme. This falls under three main categories: marketing; commissioning; and outreach.

“Working with young artists as they develop their creative personalities can be one of the most rewarding aspects of life in a concert hall. This particular scheme is something we all feel very proud of here at St John’s which is why it’s so exciting to welcome Improviso, Joseph and the Barbican Quartet on to the programme for the year to come. There have been some incredible concerts and projects which have come about as a result of the Young Artists’ Scheme since its inception nearly 7 years ago and I look forward to another season of fabulous and creative projects and concerts.” Richard Heason – Director, St John’s Smith Square

Picture: Matthew Andrews


Adrian Brown awarded The Elgar Medal

Adrian Brown

Conductor Adrian Brown, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday, has been awarded The Elgar Medal, the highest honour of the Elgar Society. IIt is awarded to those who have demonstrated continued commitment to the promotion of the life and works of Edward Elgar or the aims and objectives of The Elgar Society.

We carry reviews of two of Brown’s concerts on page 53 of this issue.

 


Ground-breaking win for Buxton International Opera

Buxton Opera

For the first time in its 40-year history, Buxton International Opera won the ‘Achievement Award in Opera’ at the annual UK Theatre Awards held at London’s Guildhall on October 27. The win, against stiff competition, was for Buxton’s world premičre of Georgiana, a pasticcio based on the colourful life of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806), who lived nearby at Chatsworth House.

Commenting on the win, Michael Williams, Buxton International Opera’s Chief Executive Officer (and writer of the libretto) said: “There is something special happening in Buxton and it’s wonderful that UK Theatre Award panellists recognized the innovation and success of Georgiana at our 40th Anniversary. Huge credit to the creative team headed by Matthew Richardson and Mark Tatlow, the fabulous cast, the Northern Chamber orchestra and the Festival technical team that pulled off five operas in 17 days. Roll on 2020 for more great opera at the Buxton Opera House!”

 


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