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Sia Furler Institute RCC Fringe Events

The Sia Furler Institute is starting the year with a series of events in conjunction with RCC Fringe.   EARTHALUJAH: Unpacked! In Conversation with Reverend Billy Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters, Earth loving urban activists, and are an OBIE Award-winning radical performance community. Their strategies include cash register exorcisms, retail interventions and cell […]

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LSO Season Concert in Barbican

On the 17th of February, the whole study tour group attended London Symphony Orchestra’s concert with Sir Simon Rattle and Daniil Trifonov in the Barbican Centre. The repertoire consisted of French music: Rameau’s Les Indes galantes – Suite, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, Betsy Jolas’ A Little Summer Suite, Poulenc’s Les biches – Suite and Ravel’s La Valse. Before […]

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Joe Townsend at Trinity Laban

Today we visited Trinity Laban to hear from Joe Townsend about their Colab project weeks and also to see some of these projects. During our morning session with Joe, he introduced us to Colab; an opportunity for students to collaborate together and create a project of their choosing. He also discussed creativity in music education and collaboration, and how being […]

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Razumovsky Ensemble Concert in Wigmore Hall

On the 15th of February, a group of string and keyboard players from the study tour attended an evening chamber concert held in Wigmore Hall. The repertoire consisted of Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E Flat Major, K 563 and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence in D Minor, Op.70 for string sextet. The choice of repertoire was interesting because it […]

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Chamber Music Masterclass with Gyorgy Pauk

Gyorgy Pauk is recognised as one of the leading violinist of his generation. Born in Budapest and studied at Franz Liszt Music Academy. He won first prize in Paganini Competition, Premier Grand Prix of Jacques Thibaud Competition and first prize of Munich Sonata Competition before settling in London in 1961. He has performed with most of the major orchestras in […]

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Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

The instrumental and classical voice students concluded their day with the viewing of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Interestingly, Webber’s show has attracted audiences to Her Majesty’s Theatre since 1986, making it one of the longest-running shows to be performed on the West-End stage. From watching the show, it was easy to understand why […]

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London Coliseum Tour

On the 13th of February, the next morning after watching the English National Opera’s production of La Boheme, the singers and instrumentalists returned to the London Coliseum for a 90-minute private tour. Built in 1904, the Coliseum majestically displays Roman and Victorian architecture, with a huge theatre space of 2358 seats. (Fun fact: there were initially 2400 seats but 42 […]

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Royal Academy of Music Masterclass with Violinist Levon Chilingirian

Today we visited the Royal Academy of Music to see a violin performance class. The class consisted of four performing students at a second-year undergraduate level, and violinist Levon Chilingirian giving feedback. It was subsequently quite an intimate setting for a class and allowed for a really engaging session. Levon teaches at the Academy, but not these particular violin students, […]

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Jo Hensel at Guildhall and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

On Tuesday the 12th, both the instrumentalist and the singers attended a workshop on practice with Jo Hensel at Guildhall. She opened the class by inviting us to partner up with someone we know the least and talk, uninterrupted, about our relationship with practice. While one person talked, the other had to practice active listening. After a short discussion of […]

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Masterclass at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

The vocalists were very lucky to take part in a masterclass at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama ran by Assistant Head of Voice Samantha Malk. We were each able to demonstrate some of our repertoire, and partake in workshopping around activating our bodies and the physicality of our music. It was an excellent opportunity to see how vocal […]

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