SVS pulls strings for violin masterclass

Senior School
20 Mar 23

Music was in the air as Sutton Valence School welcomed renowned violinist Professor Nicholas Miller for a day of masterclasses. Professor Miller is an orchestral musician, founding member of the Pirasti Piano trio and a Professor of violin and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music London. He studied at the Royal Academy, then University of Yale, then the Julliard School in New York. In 1990 he taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School before moving to the Royal Academy of Music. As a performer he has appeared throughout Britain, Europe and the United States, including performances at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smiths Square, London and Alice Tully Hall, New York. He also happens to have taught our Head of Strings, Mr Holmes, even though he looks too young!

Two of the pupils taking part, Grace Bartleet (Upper Sixth) and and Sophie Browning, (Lower Sixth), are preparing for their Grade 8 examinations on Monday.

On Tuesday the Music department also presented the 4th Informal Concert. These are designed to allow the pupils the chance to perform in a small setting. It also gives pupils a chance to play pieces before public examinations. The concerts showcase the large breadth of talent, from our Juniors performing in what may be their first public concert to the Sixth Form who play just for enjoyment. Well done to everyone who took part.