Friday 15 September 2023

Music for youth: young bassoonists, an early-career organist and free concerts for Secondary Schools

Matthew Walter, associate artist at Fairfield Halls
Rising start organist Matthew Walters is the first Associate Artist at Fairfield Halls, the Royal College of Music is launching a free Young Bassoon Programme whilst the Liverpool Philharmonic is offering free concert tickets to local Secondary Schools.

23-year-old rising star organist Matthew Walters has been appointed the first Associate Artist at Fairfield Halls in Croydon to launch the venue’s new Associate Artists programme which will support early-career performers and artists whilst further expanding the cultural offering for Croydon. Walters' residency at Fairfield will include playing two lunchtime organ recitals, as well as his own headline concert in the 2023-24 season. For his debut concert on 26 November, he will play music from Bach to Buxtehude, along with new works and improvisations including the sounds of iconic film soundtracks and mashups featuring contemporary popular music. He will perform also alongside the halls’ resident orchestra, the London Mozart Players (LMP) in A Very Croydon Christmas on 8 December 2023.  Further details from Fairfield Halls' website.

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is launching the RCM Young Bassoon Programme, a free initiative giving young players the opportunity to join like-minded musicians to explore the instrument. This will provide 11–18-year-olds with the opportunity to join a community of young bassoonists and learn from world-leading teachers. Participants will spend time with bassoon teachers exploring new repertoire in ensembles, masterclasses and creative collaborations, as well as learning more about breathing techniques and reed making. They will also gain valuable advice about how to prepare for auditions, develop performance skills and receive peer-to-peer support from other young bassoonists in a welcoming environment. The inaugural 2023/24 programme will take place on 19 November 2023, 21 January, 4 February, 3 March and 28 April 2024. Further information from the RCM website.

Liverpool Philharmonic is is offering over 400 free concert tickets to local Secondary Schools. Students will have the opportunity to experience the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra perform in the iconic Philharmonic Hall including Beethoven's Mass in C, Brahms' Double Concerto, Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique, Poulenc' Gloria and an all-Mozart programme. Concerts have been chosen for their alignment with the main GCSE and A Level curriculum boards, supporting teachers and students with their musical education. The initiative builds upon the success of last year's programme, which provided 434 free tickets to school groups in the region. Feedback from participating schools highlighted the positive impact seeing the live Orchestra had in supporting their musical education and inspiring them to further musical study and enjoyment. All secondary schools within the Liverpool City Region are eligible to apply for tickets to these performances. Further information from the Liverpool Philharmonic website.

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