Sunday, March 31, 2013

Launchpad Winners News Update: Ellipsis Wind Quintet and flautist Michael Liu

The Ellipsis Quintet
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The Ellipsis Quintet were the Royal Academy of Music Launchpad winners for 2010/2011

Earlier this month, the Ellipsis Wind Quintet, featuring the pianist Chiao-Ying Chang (prize winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2003) performed:
  • Danzi: Wind Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 56 No. 1
  • Milhaud: La Chemine√© du Roi Ren√©, Op. 205
  • Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet
at the Picture Gallery, the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, London.

Also, earlier this year, Ellipsis Wind Quintet's flautist Michael Liu performed the Khachaturian Flute Concerto at the St John's Smith Square. It was Michael's London concerto debut, and all three movements can be seen here in full:

And here's Michael again, who managed to get himself on TV!

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

South West Youth Orchestra 2013

Applications are now open for South West Youth Orchestra

18th - 22nd August 2013

Following on from the success of last years' course, South West Youth Orchestra is returning for another year!

Applications are now open to join the orchestra for exceptionally talented young musicians aged 13—21 years in the South West.

Rehearse and perform challenging repertoire alongside a team of world-class orchestral professionals, under the direction of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s engaging and talented Assistant Conductor, Maxime Tortelier.

If you are Grade 8 (or equivalent standard) on an orchestral instrument and live in the South West, then this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Repertoire includes:
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Bernstein Symphonic Dances (West Side Story)