Miriam Roycroft

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               Leeds Cello Masterclasses:


LEEDS CELLO MASTERCLASSES 2019

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2019
School of Philosophy,
LEEDS
with Miriam Roycroft, cello,

Ian Buckle, piano

and guest cellist Simon Turner, Co-Principal Cello, the Hallé.


Simon Turner has been principal cello (No. 2) of the Hallé for fifteen years, enjoying tours with the orchestra to China, South America and across Europe, and concerts at the Proms, the Edinburgh Festival and around Britain.  He has performed concertos by Dvorak, Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Brahms with many of Manchester's local orchestras, and is a keen chamber musician, playing with his own Chagall Ensemble as well as guesting with other groups, in repertoire from Dowland to Schoenberg.  He is also committed to contemporary music and while studying at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, he formed Trio Phoenix, a flute/cello/piano trio which  championed 20th and 21st century composers in concert for twelve years.  He later moved to Montreal for two years, taking a Master's degree at McGill University, building on study which started at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.  

Outside music, he has a parallel life as a cook, catering for events ranging from a wedding at the top of a skyscraper to an intimate dinner with soprano Lesley Garrett.  A few years ago he took a sabbatical to work as an artisan baker for a year, but returned to music, preferring late evenings dressed in a tailcoat to early mornings covered in flour!



 

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 RTÉ 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.  Between 2018 and 2020, Miriam is performing 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.  They recently performed at the National Concert Hall in Dublin as part of the Female Composers Series, featuring works by Ethel Smyth, Henriette Bosmans, Louise Farrenc and Luise Adolphe Le Beau.

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.  She has also performed and given masterclasses in Finland, China, Poland, Ireland and in the UK 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.



Please email mroycroft@ntlworld.com for more details or to click here to apply.



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...'




July 2018, Guest Cellist Martin Johnson, Principal Cello RTÉNSO.

Leeds Cello Masterclasses Weekend Course July 2017:


July 2017, Guest Cellist Julie-Anne Manning.


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.


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

Guest Cellist was Heather Moseley.




                                           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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