2013 spring concert

  • When: March 17, 2013 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
  • Summary: Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Mozart: Symphony no. 35 ('Haffner') Our soloist is Francesca Barritt
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    Beethoven: Violin Concerto

    Mozart: Symphony no. 35 (‘Haffner’)

    Our soloist is Francesca Barritt.

    Francesca Barritt is equally at home as concert soloist, orchestral leader and chamber musician and enjoys a busy and rewarding freelance career.

    She recently graduated with distinction as a Master of Arts from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Richard Deakin and was previously a pupil of Yossi Zivoni at the Royal College of Music. Francesca was chosen to lead the symphony orchestras at both the RCM and the RAM. She has held the position of principal 2nd violinist in the prestigious Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists ensemble for the entirety of her time at the Academy and has appeared with the group at Wigmore Hall and Seoul Arts Centre, South Korea.

    She has been the recipient of awards from The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, Arts and Humanities Research Council and has been awarded the Ian Anderson, Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship and Marjory Bunty Lempford awards by the Academy. Francesca recently participated in a masterclass with Maxim Vengerov.

    Francesca has given chamber and duo performances in venues such as the Purcell Room, St. James’s Piccadilly and the Kings Place, Bath,Norfolk and Norwich and Lake District Summer Music festivals. She is also much in demand to perform with established chamber groups and has recently collaborated with section leaders of the ECO, Halle, LPO and past members of both the Allegri and Lindsay string quartets. In 2011 Francesca performed ‘1000 Bars’ by Kevin Volans as part of a BBC Proms
    composer portrait, which was broadcast on Radio 3. More recently her performance of Hugh Wood’s Horn Trio at the Bath Festival was broadcast on Radio 3.

    As a free-lance orchestral musician, Francesca is gaining much experience through extra work with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, English Touring Opera and Opera North and her regular work with the much-acclaimed, hand-picked John Wilson Orchestra has included performances at the BBC Proms, various tours of Britain and
    several recordings for EMI.

    Francesca’s recent concerto engagements have included performances of Sibelius and Brahms concertos and a series of five performances of Beethoven’s triple concerto. This season she will also perform Beethoven’s violin concerto with the Stamford Chamber Orchestra and Dacorum Chamber Orchestra.

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