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Leeds Cello Masterclasses

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on July 11, 2016 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The inaugural Leeds Cello Masterclasses were held over the weekend of 9th and 10th July 2016.  Eight intrepid cellists of all ages attended.  Repertoire from Tallis and Vivaldi through to Martinů was played/performed/taught!   It was a wonderful combination of great cello playing and great food, provided by Haley & Cliffords, the wonderful delicatessen and caterers in local Roundhay.

Each morning started with warm-ups, technique and Cello Ensemble, and there was plenty of time for Q & A for myself and Heather.

 

 

Lunch of sandwiches, cakes and much more...

Heather and Petra discuss the brownies.

The afternoon sessions were a combination of masterclasses and individual lessons.

          

                    Jason performing Dvorak and Sue, Chopin.

                              

Rosie performing Bryars.

             

               Anna performing Boccherini and Alison, Granados.

       

Jason and Sue with Christian on continuo performing Vivaldi's Double Cello Concerto.

Comments from students: 

'Thanks for a brilliant weekend, Great fun and inspiring'

'Thanks for a fantastic weekend, so encouraging and supportive'

'I loved all the ensemble music'

'I have come back very motivated to work hard over the summer..'

'Wonderful concert...'

'Brilliant!  Loved it!  Can't wait for the next one.'

'More please'

Watch out for future dates,

including a Cello Ensemble Day to be held later in the year.

        

 

Britten and Alkan Tour

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on January 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

It's not just Benjamin Britten who celebrates an anniversary this year.  Little known for anything other than his piano compositions, French composer Charles Alkan, has his bi-centenary this year, and so, together with my intrepid pianist Ray Keary, we will be performing his Sonate de Concert, Op 47, for cello and piano at many of our recitals this year.  We are pairing it with the Cello Sonata in C by Benjamin Britten also.  Check out when you can hear us perform in Ireland during February.

Hull University Strings Day

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on December 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

It was great to catch up with the cellists at Hull University again just before Christmas!

Haydn in Headingley

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on October 31, 2012 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Really looking forward to my upcoming concerto at the beautiful St Chad's in Headingley.  It's 50 years since the discovery of the amazing Concerto in C major by Haydn and I am thrilled to be performing this piece with the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra. Music-loving cricketers, see you in Headingley on 8th December !

From Castletown to Castletownshend and back again !

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on August 11, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Have had a really busy week, firstly playing with 'Cameratino', the offshoot of Camerata Ireland.  We played at Castletown House, near Dublin.  Then on to Castletownshend in West Cork, where Ray Keary and I gave the closing recital in the St. Barrahane's Church Festival of Music on 9th August.  Next week it's back to Castletown House on 19th August, this time with the full Camerata Ireland orchestra but not before playing in Clandeboye at the Festival there on 17th and 18th August.  A great week awaits !


Preview of what is on the concert programme tonight

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on July 6, 2012 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (1)

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Audience Feedback from Woolley Hall Recital

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on June 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

It was a sell-out at Woolley Hall on 27th May and also the best ever 'Gigs for Kids'  ticket sales!!  Very many thanks to everyone who came along.

Here are some comments from the audience:

"Wonderful concert!"

"Lovely to hear such a wonderful cello sound"

"Wonderful music in a beautiful setting. Couldn't be better. Thank you."

"Fabulous music"



St. Barrahane's Church Music Festival

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on May 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Don't miss our recital at the beautiful St. Barrahane's Church in Castletownshend as part of their Music Festival.  We will be playing there on 9th August at 8pm and the programme will include works by Britten, Martinu , Schumann and Janacek.

http://homepage.eircom.net/~barrahane/index_Page357.htm

Woolley Hall

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on May 27, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Really enjoyed today's recital playing to a full house including lots of young people at the beautiful Woolley Hall, Wakefield.  Despite the soaring temperature outside, the atmosphere was amazing during the recital. Many thanks to Sandra Carlon and the Yorkshire Live Music Project for inviting myself and Ray to play.  Look forward to playing at future events.

Marilyn!

Posted by Miriam Roycroft on May 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Here she is: my stunningly beautiful tulip bought in Amsterdam last summer.


At the height of 'Tulipmania' (1637), three bulbs of the fabled 'Semper Augustus'  sold for 10.000 florins, more than the price of a large canal house in the centre of Amsterdam.




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