Friday, 28 September 2018

City Music Foundation announces its 2018 artists

Tom Millar
Tom Millar - CMF Young Artist 2018
Each year the City Music Foundation (CMF) takes a group of young artists onto its CMF Artist Programme which aims to turn exceptional musical talent into professional success by equipping outstanding musicians with the tools, skills, experience, and networks they need to build and sustain rewarding and profitable careers. 

This year's artists are A4 Brass Quartet, Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano, whom were recently heard singing with the Fieri Consort at its CD launch), Toby Hughes (double bass), Ariana Kashefi (cello), Tom Millar (jazz piano), and Emily Sun (violin).

The CMF Artist Programme is now in its sixth year and previous CMF Artists include jazz bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado (now a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist), recorder player Tabea Debus (now a YCAT Artist), soprano Raphaela Papadakis, and guitarist Andrey Lebedev.

Helen Charlston - CMF Young Artist 2018
Helen Charlston - CMF Young Artist 2018
This year's selection is a varied (and talented!) bunch:
  • A4 Brass Quartet is comprised of principal players from two of the UK’s top brass bands, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Foden’s
  • mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston received first prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition 
  • double bass player Toby Hughes is the first double bassist to win the Bromsgrove International Music Competition, the ROSL string section final, and the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists competition
  • British cellist Ariana Kashefi is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Julius Isserlis Scholarship and recently completed her studies in Berlin with Professor Frans Helmerson
  • Tom Millar is a London-based pianist, composer and bandleader and his debut album, Unnatural Events, was launched in 2017 at Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho) and was followed by a 20-date UK tour, supported by Arts Council England
  • Australian violinist Emily Sun was the winner of the 2018 ABC Young Performers Award, which will see her perform concertos with the Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in the coming seasons
See the City Music Foundation's events page for details of the various artists' recitals

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