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Young Classical Artists Trust Residency at RWCMD

22 October 2019

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Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) are celebrating 35 years of supporting emerging classical artists, by launching a residency at the College.

This not only gives the artists vital opportunities to perform to a wider UK audience, but it also gives our students the chance to work and learn from some of the most talented young professional musicians.

Students have already enjoyed inspirational masterclasses with trombonist Peter Moore, violinist Savitri Grier and horn maestro Ben Goldscheider.

And next term we’ll be welcoming violinist Jonian Ilias-Kadesha, and Xhosa Cole, winner of BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2018, who’ll be joining us as part of the fringe events for BBC Young Musician of the Year at the College in March.

In the masterclasses the students performed in front of the visiting artist, who then give them invaluable and insightful feedback about their performance and technique.

Peter Moore with student Tom Kilby. Photo Simon Gough

Peter Moore, London Symphony Orchestra’s co-principal trombonist, gave a masterclass that focussed not only on the need to play to the best of your ability, but also to put on a show while doing it.

“The experience was amazing, and I learnt so much!

I can’t emphasise how the advice has impacted my practice, and it was so helpful and benefiting.

I can’t wait for the next one,” said Tom Kilby. 

“Peter Moore’s masterclass was a revelation in how he suggested we approach the performance of a piece,” said final year student Bethany Peck.

“Technique is one aspect, but as performers we need to pull out as much style as we can from a piece of music in order to portray the feeling of the work as best we can to the audience.”

And with Peter’s career in its early stage, he also made a relatable and reassuring mentor:

“It was an absolutely cracking experience learning from someone who is my age and one of the best in the world at what he does,” said Daniel Dennis.  “The fact that even Peter opened up about having to ‎overcome issues when he plays was really eye-opening.”

Peter Moore hosting his trombone masterclass at the Dora Stoutzker Hall. Photo Simon Gough

Strings students were treated to a masterclass from violinist Savitri Grier, who has played across the world, from Cardiff to Qatar.

Photo: Glenn Edwards

Savitri with student Elliot Kempton Photo: Glenn Edwards

Find out more about our music courses on our website.

You can find out more about YCAT on their website, 

Featured image: Simon Gough

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