Another String to Their Bow

On the evening of Tuesday 8th May, we were very fortunate to have violinist Gillian Bradley give the strings masterclass.

Gillian taught me violin at Chetham's School of Music and taught Jennifer Pike who won BBC Young Musician of the Year, so it was a real treat to have her in College for a few hours.

Ranging from LC1 to SFC1, the five girls performed beautifully to an audience which consisted of Guild members, current music scholars and staff.

Guinevere (LC1) began proceedings with an assured performance of Haydn Violin Concerto in G major which was then followed by a dramatic account of Kodaly Double Dance by Jasmine (LC2). Gillian really helped both of these girls develop their depth and projection of sound.

Amy (UC4) performed Mozart Concerto in G major with real aplomb and Gillian's encouragement brought out more finesse and refinement in Amy's playing.

We then heard two girls perform solo violin works by Bach. These compositions are some of the most demanding unaccompanied works for violin. Hannah (LC3) and Jeannie (SFC1) played with much poise and sensitivity. Gillian also drew out more colours and nuances from their sound, which really enhanced the overall interpretation.

Gillian said of her experience: "Wow! What a truly memorable and enjoyable evening. I so enjoyed my visit and was not only stunned and inspired by the beautiful building and grounds, but by the standard of violinists that played to me.

"To work with such talented violinists was a real privilege, and the standard, a real credit to both the school and tutors. Clearly much work, commitment and dedication has been put into the development of these students which was wonderful to see.

"I was made to feel most welcome not only by all the staff and students who attended but by the warmth and attentiveness of the audience members too. Thank you so much."

My thanks also go to Miss Kirkland Wilson and Mr Stacey, and to the Porters for staying late so this event could take place.

Congratulations to all the girls who performed.

Mr Bailey, Head of Strings

Gillian Bradley