University of Leicester eBulletin

Young Musical Star Returns to Leicester after Foiled First Attempt

June 2003
No 159

East Midlands music lovers who were denied the chance in March to hear BBC Musician of the Year finalist, Elizabeth Couling (oboe) will be glad to know she is fit, well and will be returning on Saturday, June 28 at 7.30 pm.

Earlier in the year she was on the way to the University of Leicester's Richard Attenborough Centre to give a recital when a car accident landed her in the Leicester Royal Infirmary instead, and although her injuries were fortunately only minor, her concert had to be postponed.

Undeterred, however, the 2000 concerto finalist is coming back to Leicester to perform an evening of music including works by Telemann, Saint-Saëns, Debussy and York Bowen.

Since her Young Musician of the Year success, in which she played the Richard Strauss concerto with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jan Pascal Tortelier, she has performed a wide range of concertos, from baroque to 20th century.

Elizabeth Couling’s recital is part of the New Musical Generation series at the Richard Attenborough Centre, sponsored over three years by HSBC. 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.”

A 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 Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The recital takes place the day after the local auditions of the 2004 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, also held at the Richard Attenborough Centre, when talented young players compete to see who will go through to the regional final.

Tickets 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, email

NOTE TO EDITORS: More information is available from the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455, email

An interview opportunity with Elizabeth Couling can be arranged through Rosemary Pickering at

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