Miriam Roycroft

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               Leeds Cello Masterclasses:


LEEDS CELLO MASTERCLASSES 2018

 Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July
School of Philosophy,
LEEDS

with guest cellist Martin Johnson;

Principal Cello RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA of IRELAND


Please email [email protected] for further information.




Leeds Cello Masterclasses Weekend Course July 2017:

We had another fantastic weekend with cellists from Yorkshire, London and Ireland taking part. 

Julie-Anne Manning was our invited Guest Cellist.

Cello Ensemble Day January 2017:

We had a fun Cello Ensemble Day on Sunday 15th January 2017. Cellists of all ages came along and we played a selection of repertoire ranging from Byrd to Piazzola. Thanks to all who came along and made the day such a success.

Leeds Cello Masterclasses Weekend Course July 2016:

The inaugural Leeds Cello Masterclasses took place on 9th and 10th July 2016. 

Heather Moseley was our invited Guest Cellist.


What they said: 

'Great ensemble day and...great cake! Thank you !'

'Really enjoyed the ensemble day, thanks again!'

'Enjoyed the ensemble day so much, thank you!  When is the next one..?'

'Fabulous repertoire and students, thank you!'

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

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

'I loved all the ensemble music'

'Fantastic food'

'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! '

'Already looking forward to the next summer concert!'

'Thank you for your support and encouragement, you're such an inspiration!!'

'Can't wait to get working on my technique.'

'We only come for the cake...'




                                    Miriam Roycroft

 

Dublin-born Miriam Roycroft studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Don McCall where she was awarded numerous prizes for cello and chamber music.  Upon graduation she won the Muriel Taylor Cello Competition in London, the Worthing Young Musician Concerto Prize and was a prize-winner in the Royal Overseas League which led to many appearances as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Britain. She was a founder member of the Music Group of Manchester and the Janacek Piano Trio.  Further studies included a period in Banff, Canada, at the renowned Banff Centre for the Arts with Aldo Parisot.

Miriam has performed as soloist with the RTÉNSO many times and has played many of the major concerti for cello with professional and amateur orchestras throughout the UK and Ireland. She has been a guest leader of the cello sections of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia ViVa and the Northern Sinfonia.  She has also guest co-lead the cello sections of the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra.  Miriam has been Principal Cello of Barry Douglas's orchestra, Camerata Ireland, for many years.  With them, she has toured in North and South America, and throughout Europe and China.  Having played with the orchestra of Opera North in Leeds for many years, in September 2006 Miriam joined the String Faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.  She was appointed as Head of the String Faculty in September 2012, a contracted post she held for three years, and she has bases in Dublin and Leeds.  Her solo, chamber and educational commitments now take her worldwide.

Miriam has performed at the Manchester Mid-Day Concert Series, Kilkenny Arts Week, Castletownshend Music Festival, 'Great Music in Irish Houses Festival' with the American cellist, Steven Doane and at the National Concert Hall and the National Gallery of Art in Dublin as soloist with renowned Irish pianist, John O'Conor.  In March 2010, she performed with Réamonn Keary at the National Gallery of Ireland as part of the 'Chopin 200' bi-centenary celebration concert series.  Film work has included 'In America', as featured artist, and 'the Blue Tower'.  Recent performances have included recitals at Festivals and Concert Halls in Dublin's Hugh Lane Gallery, the John Field Room at the NCH, the Valentia Island Chamber Music Festival, York Minster, The University of Limerick, Derry, Belfast, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Maynooth University, Castalia Hall, Kilkenny, CIT Cork, Saltaire Festival, Leeds, Beverley and Lancashire.  In 2013 Miriam performed a series of recitals with Réamonn Keary featuring the cello sonatas by Benjamin Britten and Charles Alkan throughout Ireland.  They were featured artists at the 'Yorkshire Live Music Project' Northern Lights Series in Wakefield in May 2012 where they gave the World Premiere of 'Four Commentaries' by Nigel Morgan.  In 2018, Miriam will perform all of the works for cello and piano by Martinu with Lance Coburn at Dublin's Hugh Lane Gallery and at other venues throughout Ireland and the UK.

Miriam is also on the Faculty of the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival in New Hampshire, USA, where she performs and gives cello and chamber music masterclasses.  In 2018, she will also be giving masterclasses for the London Cello Society and the Oxford Cello School.

In July 2016, Miriam founded 'Leeds Cello Masterclasses' in Leeds, weekend and day courses catering for cello students of all ages. 

Miriam plays on a modern American cello by Grubaugh and Seifert which she commissioned in 2004 and a bow by renowned Irish bow-maker, Robert Pierce.


                                     Martin Johnson


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Martin studied Cello at the Royal College of Music, London, under the direction of Anna Shuttleworth; a former student of Pablo Casals, Andrew Shulman; Principal Cello of the Philharmonia, and Alexander Baillie.  In 2000, he joined the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and moved to Dublin, where he was subsequently appointed Section Leader.

In January 2008 Martin made his Irish debut as a soloist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, performing Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op.33.  In January 2015 Martin gave the world premiere of Grainne Mulvey's new Cello Concerto 'Excursions and Ascents' as part of the RTÉ NSO's 2015 Horizons Concert Series.  Shortly afterwards, in March 2015, Martin made his eighth appearance as soloist with the RTÉ NSO performing the world premiere of Frank Corcoran's brand new Cello Concerto to critical acclaim.  This has since been recorded on the LyricFm Label (among other cello solo and chamber works by Frank Corcoran) and was released in June 2017.

As a soloist, Martin has given many other performances of Concerti by Elgar, Robert Schumann, Joseph Haydn, Lalo, Saint-Saëns, Sir Michael Tippett, Delius, Corelli, Ibert, Beethoven's Triple Concerto and notably Richard Strauss's finest tone poem 'Don Quixote' op.35 for Cello and Orchestra with the RTÉ NSO Conductor Pascal Rophé at Ireland's National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Several of his recitals over the past seasons have been critically acclaimed - most notably a recital of four world premieres for solo cello at the Hugh Lane Gallery - all pieces have been commissioned from Irish Composers (with the support of the Arts Council, Ireland).

More recently he gave premiere performances of several brand new works for Solo Cello (by Irish composers David Fennessy, Rhona Clarke and Frank Corcoran) in his Salon Series recital for the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland. May 2017 saw a recital by invitation in the Irish Embassy in Rome as part of a tour promoting the new LyricFm CD.  After a successful CMC Salon recital in late 2016 (featuring three Duo Viola and Cello World Premieres with his wife Adèle Johnson) Martin is due to embark on an ambitious project with young Irish composer Judith Ring, exploring the wide-ranging facets of cello as a solo and ensemble instrument, commencing Summer 2018.

In November 2014 Martin founded the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown International Cello Festival - a weekend of Masterclasses and cello ensemble performances.  The weekend brings together an invited International faculty of Professors and cello students from across Ireland to play together and exchange ideas.

In 2006 Martin was invited to become a lifetime member of the World Philharmonic Orchestra.  Martin plays a fine cello by Thomas Kennedy of London c.1810.

Martin is supported by Music Network's Music Capital Scheme, funded by The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Ireland.   Music Network is funded by The Arts Council, Ireland.



                                           Ian Buckle

                           

Ian Buckle enjoys a varied freelance career working as soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, teacher and ABRSM examiner.  As concerto soloist, Ian has appeared with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Opera North, Sinfonia ViVa and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.  Committed to contemporary music, he has been the pianist in Ensemble 10:10 since the group's inception, and his piano duo with Richard Casey specialises in music from the last and current centuries.  He frequently collaborates with former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion performing recitals of piano music and poetry, recent programmes including Shropshire and Other Lads, a celebration of A. E. Housman; Anthem for Doomed Youth, a commemoration of World War One; and Philip Larkin’s England

He is a member of both the piano-and-wind ensemble Zephyr and the Elysnan Horn Trio, formed when the group were students at the Royal Northern College of Music.  He regularly plays piano in both the RLPO and the John Wilson Orchestra, and teaches at the Universities of Leeds and Liverpool.  Current CD releases include transcriptions for cello and piano with Jonathan Aasgaard, a recital of new works for clarinet and piano with former BBC Young Musician winner Mark Simpson, a disc of English music with clarinettist Nicholas Cox and a CD with Andrew Long of music for violin and piano by Edward German.  Recordings in the pipeline include the songs of Stephen Wilkinson and Gershwin’s New York Rhapsody with the John Wilson Orchestra.  Ian holds a season ticket at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, and is an enthusiast of French cinema and nice restaurants.



Leeds Cello Masterclasses Weekend July 2017:


Cello Ensemble Day January 2017:


We had a fun Cello Ensemble Day on Sunday 15th January 2017. Cellists of all ages came along and we played a selection of repertoire ranging from Byrd to Piazzola. Thanks to all who came along and made the day such a success.


Leeds Cello Masterclasses 2016:


The inaugural Leeds Cello Masterclasses took place on 9th and 10th July 2016. 

 

Comments from students: 


'Great ensemble day and...great cake! Thank you !'


'Really enjoyed the ensemble day, thanks again!'


'Enjoyed the ensemble day so much, thank you!  When is the next one?'


'Fabulous repertoire and students, thank you!'


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


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


'I loved all the ensemble music'


'Fantastic food'


'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! '


'Already looking forward to the summer concert!'




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