Chance to Shine for Tomorrow's Musical Stars
The University of Leicester Richard
Attenborough Centre this year has a threefold link with the prestigious BBC
Young Musician of the Year Competition.
Two of the young stars performing at the
Centre in March and May 2003 are former BBC Young Musician of the Year
prizewinners, while on June 27 young local musicians aspiring to take on that
role can take part in the Regional Auditions, also at The Richard Attenborough
On Saturday, March 15, 2003 the Centre
will present the third concert in its “New Musical Generation” in
association with HSBC Bank. This concert
will feature Elizabeth Couling (oboe),
concerto finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2000, who will perform
music by Telemann, Saint-Saens, Debussy and York Bowen.
televised performance of the Richard Strauss Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic
conducted by Jan Pascal Tortelier in the BBC Young Musician Concerto finals, she
has been invited to perform a wide range of concertos ranging from the Baroque
period through to the twentieth century.
Commenting on her performance of the
Strauss concerto, The Daily Telegraph wrote:
“She brought a heart-easing inwardness to the lyrical writing that
marks her out as a musician of rare quality.”
Elizabeth Couling’s concert will be
followed by the next in the series on Thursday, May 22, 2003, with Alison Balsom (trumpet), brass finalist of the BBC Young Musician of
the Year 1998 and prizewinner at the Maurice André International Competition,
Speaking of the series of recitals which
over the next three years will feature young stars of the music world,
Organising Tutor for Music at the Richard Attenborough Centre Philip Herbert
said: “These young and gifted artists
have something very special to offer an audience, through their ability to
communicate and make music of the highest possible order.
This series seeks to celebrate their youthful achievements and offers
Leicester audiences a chance to hear them as they continue to further develop
their skills as musicians.
“Many of these artists go on to do great things, including joining the BBC’s New Generation Artists’ scheme, where they are encouraged to work with musicians of similar outlook in playing solo recitals, chamber music, broadcasts and recordings.”
spokesperson for HSBC said: “High quality people are at the heart of our
business, especially here in Leicester where we are one of the largest
employers. HSBC’s sponsorship of the New Musical Generation concert series at
the Richard Attenborough Centre is an ideal way for the bank to put back into
the community locally while enjoying an ongoing association with quality and
talent.” HSBC and the Richard Attenborough Centre, whose association began in
November, have also received an investment from Arts & Business New Partners
to further develop their creative partnership. Arts
& Business New Partners is funded by the Arts Council of England and the
Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Heralding the forthcoming BBC Young
Musician of the Year Competition, Philip Herbert continued:
“For local young musicians, this not only presents a great opportunity
to come and enjoy other young musicians performing in concert, but they may also
be encouraged to audition for a place in the Competition themselves.”
Those who are inspired to take part can
find further details on how to enter the competition on the BBC Competition
or can enter the competition on line or email to request a brochure at email@example.com.
The completed application form must be returned with the relevant attachments by
Tuesday, April 1st, 2003.
for the Elizabeth Couling Concert cost £10, £9 (retired) and £7.50
(concession), and group booking discounts are available. Further details are
available from the Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455, facsimile 0116 252 5165,
NOTE TO EDITORS:
More information is available from Philip Herbert, Organising Tutor for
Music, University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 223
1526, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the
competition contact Jessica Brennan at Jessica.email@example.com
An interview opportunity with Elizabeth
Couling can be arranged through Rosemary Pickering at info@YCAT.co.uk
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