Monday 27th March 2017
Workshops 4.15 – 6.15pm
Concert 7.00pm, Recital Hall
Visiting presenters: Joe Townsend and Neil Valentine
Event designed and coordinated by Helen Neilson, Head of Strings
It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to our Ultimate Latymer Strings Party! We are delighted to be joined in this event by students from Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School in Aldgate, where I teach them every week on their whole class strings programme. Our visiting presenters are going to be doing some really exciting work with our students on world music and creative composition, encouraging understanding and appreciation of different cultures through music and developing paths of communication through music.
Our concert will showcase many of our chamber music groups who rehearse regularly throughout the term from both the prep and upper school. This is a valuable opportunity for our prep students to hear our upper school students, and vice versa. Gaining windows of perspective on the longer journey is an essential part of developing as a string player, and here we have an opportunity to share with each other.
Thank you for joining us for this special event.
Strings Day concert: Monday 27th March 7.00pm, Recital Hall
Year 7 chamber music group: Mozart: Divertimento in F, 1st movement, Allegro
Kenza Stamselberg, Christina Stoniav, Simone Vestergaard-Poulsen, Leyla Robertson, Freya Sutaria, Daniel Orton, Michela Ashworth, Taisia Novoselova; with Helen Neilson (double bass) – coached by Helen Neilson
Martinu: Nonet 1st movement
Lexie Fielding, James Kelly, Alex Tolokonnikov, Christina Stoianov, Kenza Stamselberg, Olga Devine, Michela Ashworth, Taisia Novoselova – coached by Stephen O’Regan
Prep String Quartet: Trad Russian: Dark Eyes
Madeleine Grambow, Rebecca Alishaw, Phoebe Lowe, Stella Konshina, with Liz Bradley (double bass) – coached by Lauren Abbott
Yr 9/10 String Quartet: Arlen, arr. Ryden: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Laura Flenley, Tianrun Xu, Nikolas Brown, Clodagh Bottomley – coached by Helen Neilson
Yr 8/9 String Quartet: Haydn String quartet in G major, op. 76, no. 1 – 1st movement, Allegro con Spirito
Alexander Goodbody, Priya Caswell, Alexia von Ag……, Yuling Hewitt – coached by Helen Neilson
Bass trio: Jan Alm: Astounding Antelopes
Jan Kelly, Lottie James, Archan Walters – coached by Liz Bradley
Latymer Prep cello group joined by students from Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School: Thomas Gregory: Blue Blazes, Ballad, Pineapples are Juicy
Latymer: Constantine nur Shah, Tom Bradford, Jai Patel, Piyush Garodia
Cass: James Moukoue, Markos Panoutsou, Iris Birchall, Jasmine Collins, Orson Teckman, Marcel Jarrold-Manning, Frankie Vasseur, Eyoel Kassa
Workshop items presented by Joe Townsend and Neil Valentine themed on world music and creative composition.
A bit about our visiting presenters:
Joe Townsend is currently Head of CoLab at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and teaches creative leadership for The National Youth Orchestra, Serious Productions and the V&A Leadership Programme.
Joe is a violinist. His work as a composer and performer is around the core themes of folk music and culture through improvised and devised performance in music, theatre and opera. The central themes in his teaching and academic work are collaborative learning; the cultural industries and early career survival for the emerging artist. He firmly believes in music as a tool for social change and empowerment.
As a teenager he left school at sixteen to study art and design and performed on the electric bass in both punk and folk bands. At eighteen he moved to Paris and after a four years immersed in jazz, theatre, travel and street culture he returned to the UK to study jazz violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.Through the 1980s he was inspired in the possibility of music as a tool for social change and empowerment. He worked with Community Music delivering music workshops and training with John Stevens and played with his own trio and other free improvisation groups such as People's Liberation Music and the Lapis String Quartet.
Since then, as a composer he has created works for Opera North (The Gypsy Bible, Foiea Verde, St George), The National Theatre (Oresteia, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet), Shakespeare’s Globe and the Unicorn Theatre, and has collaborated with a range of different artists such as: Gavin Bryars, Nik Baertsch, Laurie Anderson, Roma musicians and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
His work in Education has ranged from work with LPO, Welsh National Opera and Opera North in addition to running workshops in collaborative performance in China South Korea and Japan.
Joe will be assisted by Hannah Thomas, cello.
Neil Valentine began his musical career as a violinist, until he grew really tall and at 14 switched to the viola, never to look back. He studied at York University and Trinity College of music and was a member of Southbank Sinfonia. Now he is an Associate Musician of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and has delivered music projects, workshops and performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, LSO, Wigmore Hall, London Music Masters and many others.
He works in all areas of the community including people suffering from dementia. The music and dementia project he leads 'Music for a While' was shortlisted for the Arts & Health Award at this year's RSPH Health and Wellbeing Awards.
He is passionate about music making in all settings and with all groups of people. He believes everybody is musical and that anyone can make music with anyone else. He is privileged to be able to facilitate this process; it is a source of unending inspiration and enjoyment.
Neil will be assisted by Mark Lipski, double bass.