Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Orchid Classics & The Yehudi Menuhin School announce new collaboration

Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Edward Elgar
Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Edward Elgar
Violinist Yehudi Menuhin began his recording career at the age of 13, made his first concerto recording at the age of 15 (Bruch's Violin Concerto in G minor with Sir Landon Ronald conducting) and then at 16 he recorded Elgar's Violin Concerto with the composer conducting, a recording which remains iconic. As an adult Menuhin believed passionately in nurturing excellence from the earliest age, and was equally committed to dissolving barriers between different nationalities, creeds and identities through music and education, as a result he founded the Yehudi Menuhin School in 1963, and the school is still going strong with pianist Ashley Wass as the current director of music.

Now the school and the record company Orchid Classics (founded by violinist Matthew Trusler) have announced a remarkable new collaboration which will introduce the school's outstanding young musicians to the intense concentration, discipline and satisfaction of recording. A series of recordings is being planned made with the musicians from the school and the first of these will be released in 2022.

The school's director of music, Ashley Wass commented, "Our collaboration with Orchid represents an exciting development as the School enters a new phase in its illustrious story. Our first album will showcase the diversity and internationalism of our community, and I can’t think of a more appropriate record label with which to join forces."

Further information from the Yehudi Menuhin School website.

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