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Brighton performance for former Springboard winner

St Luke’s Church, Friday 29th November: Juan Pablo Hinojosa – piano

Mexican pianist and Bechstein scholar Juan Pablo Hinojosa makes his St. Luke’s debut performing music by Russian masters Scriabin and Medtner, Debussy’s Images Book 1 and Beethoven’s sonata op. 109.

Juan Pablo Hinojosa is a Mexican pianist currently studying his master’s degree at the Royal College of Music, where he is a Bechstein scholar. He started his pianistic studies under Margarita Mandioni in Queretaro, Mexico in 2005. At the age of 16 he moved to the UK to study in the East Sussex Academy of Music under Rachel Fryer. During this time, he won, two years in a row, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively in several categories of the Springboard Festival. In September 2014, Juan Pablo started studying for an undergraduate degree at the Royal College of Music, taught by Prof. Gordon Fergus-Thompson, also undertaking composition as a second study under Prof. Alison Kay. There he was an RCM Award Holder generously supported by an Evelyn Tarrant Scholarship and a Pamela Larkin Award. He has performed throughout Mexico and the UK, and his currently studying with Prof. Dina Parakhina. In 2020 he is scheduled to perform Medtner in Moscow Conservatory’s Great Hall.

To view the programme please click here.

Friday 29th November 2019 7.30pm 
St. Luke’s Church, Queen’s Park Road, BN2 9ZB
Admission: £7, £5 under 25s, free to under 16s.
Tickets available on the door. Wine and refreshments served. Disabled access.

New singing competition

Dame Felicity Lott Recital Competition:

We are pleased to announce a new competition providing exciting opportunities and prizes for all singers aged 18 years or over, whose principal source of income does not derive from professional solo singing.

Discretionary prizes include possible performance opportunities with Brighton Youth Orchestra, a lunchtime recital at Brighton Unitarian Church, and coaching sessions with Yvonne Patrick, Gary Matthewman, Lesley Anne Sammons, John Hancorn and Dame Felicity Lott herself.

More information on all singing classes and a downloadable syllabus are available here.

Catching up with Brenock O’Connor

Mandy Winder, Speech & Drama Section Secretary writes:

I just happened to be listening to my local Radio Station (Radio Sussex) this September, when my ears pricked up. I knew that voice – it was the lovely Becci Whiteley (The Theatre Workshop and West End Experience Creative Director and Springboard Speech and Drama Teacher).

Brenock O’Connor (centre) at Springboard with a Theatre Workshop Group in 2014

She was being interviewed with Brenock O’Connor – some of you may remember him as one of Becci’s students. Continue reading “Catching up with Brenock O’Connor”

Opportunity to hear Springboard winners perform

Riya Hamie, winner of Springboard’s under 14s Concerto Competition 2019, accompanied by her sister, Berniya (winner of Springboard’s under 19s Concerto Competition and Senior Piano Championship 2019).

Berniya Hamie, winner of Springboard’s under 19s concerto section and Senior Piano Championship 2019, will be performing in the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 10 November.  Her programme will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Ravel.  For more details please use this link.

Berniya and her sister Riya (winner of Springboard’s under 14s concerto section) will also be playing in Brighton at the Chapel Royal on Tuesday 5 November.  Details here.

Lily Petrova, Hannah Hever and Javier Morillas Arques with the Brighton Youth Orchestra

Lily Petrova with Andy Sherwood, Conductor

Congratulations to Lily Petrova (piano), Hannah Hever (clarinet) and Javier Morillas Arques (viola) who played with the Brighton Youth Orchestra on 8 February at St Georges Church, Kemptown.  The orchestra were also joined by five players from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance who sat alongside members of the Youth Orchestra.

Hannah and Javier played Bruch, Concerto for Viola and Clarinet 19 and Lily played Anton Arensky, Fantasia on Ryabinin’s themes.

Springboard Concerto Day is on 31 March at Brighton & Hove High School, Montpelier Road.  Audience is welcomed and tickets are available on the door.