The joys of volunteering

Springboard depends almost entirely by volunteers – around a hundred altogether. Some are involved year round, planning and running the different sections, and others give a few hours of their time in March to act as a door steward, or to serve in the café.

img_3146All you need are empathy, tact and common sense. And in return you have the pleasure of working in a team and meeting other volunteers, the satisfaction of supporting people who are bravely putting themselves in the spotlight, and the opportunity to marvel at, and be moved by, the depth of their talent.

All volunteers are given a free pass to any of the Festival classes.

If you would like to volunteer at Springboard during March, for as many hours as you wish, please get in touch with Jannet King

Catching up with previous winner Juan Pablo Hinojosa

Juan Pablo Hinojosa was the winner of the Senior Recital Class in the Springboard 2014 Festival.  John Bruzon has been following his progress.

“I attended Juan Pablo’s recent recital in Brighton and wanted to share with you how very much I enjoyed his playing.

He has matured considerably and was sincere and most eloquent with his introductions to the music he was about to play.  In works by Debussy, Scriabin and Albeniz, Juan Pablo demonstrated a clear understanding of structure and style. He makes a beautiful sound at the piano, always allowing phrases to breathe in a natural way and displaying a wonderful sense of musicianship. He is a natural communicator!”

Currently Juan Pablo is at the RCM studying with Gordon Fergus-Thompson, who was our remarkable adjudicator last year, however he is in desperate need of support with college fees for his final year. You can make a donation at:

Juan (right) being congratulated on winning the Springboard Senior Championship by Owen Eastwood.
Juan (right) being congratulated on winning the Springboard Senior Championship by Owen Eastwood.

Concert with former Springboard concerto winner 27 January 2017

Former Springboard Concerto winner Michael Leach recently graduated from a masters course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.  He read music at Girton College, Cambridge and graduated in 2012 where he was a music scholar and studied piano with Lucy Parham. Michael attended Junior Guildhall from the age of 13-18 and in his final year, was awarded the Keyboard prize and 2nd place in the Lutine prize. Recent competition successes include the Alkan prize, Cambridge, 1st place at the Springboard Concerto Competition and 2nd place at the Oxford Music Festival Piano Recital Class. Michael has performed as a soloist with several orchestras including Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Brighton Youth Orchestra. Michael has given recitals at the Brighton Dome, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Wales Millennium Centre.

The opening half of the recital features works by Haydn, Ligeti and Brahms. After the interval Michael will concentrate on the complete Book 1 of On An Overgrown Path, by Janáček, which the composer said “contains distant reminiscences. Those reminiscences are so dear to me that I do not think they will ever vanish.” The recital concludes with Ravel’s sparkling Jeux d’Eau. See full programme here.

Friday 27 January 2017. 7.30pm 

St. Luke’s Church, Queen’s Park Road, BN2 9ZB
Tickets £7 / £5 concessions / £3 under 12s available on the door. Wine and refreshments served. Disabled access.

Springboard 2016 winner to play with BYO String Ensemble

Mary Tyler, runner-up in the under 25s concerto section will be performing with the Brighton Youth Orchestra String Ensemble on 18 February 2017 at St Mary de Haura Church as part of their end of tour concert.

The concert will take place at 7.30pm.  The concert programme will include Bach D minor Piano Concerto with soloist Philip Leslie and Finzi Clarinet Concerto performed by Mary.

Please contact Holly Griffiths for more details

Medals and 80th celebrations

At the Springboard AGM on 16 September, Springboard President, Gavin Henderson, awarded two British and International Federation of Festival medals for 50 years service to June Ingleton and Linda Bhattacharya.

A celebration of ‘four score years plus or minus’ was held for John Ingleton, Jenny Leworthy, Heather Cowl and Maxine Toff, with a stunning cake made by Ursula Eastwood.

From left: Linda Bhattacharya, June and John Ingleton, Gavin Henderson, Ursula Eastwood (cake-maker), Maxine Toff, Jenny Leworthy and Heather Cowl.