Masterclass

Vanessa Latarche FRCM

 

Celebrity Piano Masterclass 2024

Masterclass for Piano will be given by Vanessa Latarche FRCM on Sunday 24th March 2024

 

We are delighted that the Masterclass will be given by Professor Vanessa Latarche FRCM, Chair of International Keyboard Studies, Head of Keyboard and Associate Director for Partnerships in Asia at the Royal College of Music. The Masterclass will be held at the Recital Hall, Trinity School, Shirley Park, CR9 7AT from 2.30pm until 6.00pm.

A renowned pedagogue, with many international piano competition prize-winners amongst her students, Vanessa has been Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music since 2005. Awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in 2010 for outstanding services to music, an honour conferred on her by HRH Prince of Wales, in September 2011, she was granted a Personal Chair at the RCM, which gave her the title of Chair of International Keyboard Studies. As an extension to her keyboard faculty work, Vanessa was appointed as the Associate Director for Partnerships in Asia, which involves managing the RCM’s collaborative work in China and the RCM’s degree programmes at Nangyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. Vanessa was previously a professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music for 14 years, where she was made an Honorary Associate in 1997.

 

After studying at the Royal College of Music with Kendall Taylor and completing her training in the USA and Paris with Claude Franck and Vlado Perlemuter,  Vanessa was awarded many scholarships and prizes from international competitions. Her concert career has taken her to Europe, the USA and Asia, as well as many festivals within the UK. Vanessa’s interest in Bach led to a performance of the complete 48 Preludes and Fugues at the Lichfield International Festival in 1992, the performances being given over four consecutive evenings. She has performed as a soloist with international orchestras and those in the UK including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, working with many leading conductors. She is a Steinway Artist and has broadcast for over 30 years for BBC Radio 3 and has also broadcast extensively on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. To celebrate Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday in 2018, Vanessa appeared on BBC 2’s documentary on the Queen, Prince Albert and Felix Mendelssohn with Lucy Worsley, which was filmed in Buckingham Palace.

 

Vanessa is Artistic Director of Hastings International Piano in which capacity she chairs the jury for HIPCC and oversees the artistic programme for HIP concerts.  She has been a juror and jury chair  for numerous international competitions in China, Poland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Italy, New Zealand, USA, Singapore, and Hong Kong and has adjudicated the national keyboard final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. In 2007 she was an advisor to the BBC TV programme ‘Classical Star’.

 

Vanessa frequently travels to give masterclasses, to such institutions as Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Beijing Central Conservatory, Tokyo College of Music, Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, Seoul National University, Piano Texas, Oxford Piano Festival, as well as to other UK conservatoires and specialist music schools, and international summer schools.  She is an advisor to Lang Lang’s music school, Lang Lang Music World, in Shenzhen, China and has recently been appointed as Artistic Advisor to the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.

 

Representing the professoriate, Vanessa  has served four terms of office on the Council, the RCM’s Governing body. As a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, in January 2023 she was elected to the WCoM Court as a Court Assistant. She is a member of the editorial board of Classical Music Magazine, Director of the Eileen Rowe Musical Trust, and sits on the Athenaeum Music Committee. She has contributed to the RCM’s publication, Inside the Conservatoire, to be published in 2023.

The Masterclass is funded by the Neil Heayes bequest.  Sutton Music Festival is supported by Arts Network Sutton and the HR Taylor Charitable Trust.

A Celebrity Masterclass for Piano will take place in March 2024.

 

SMF MASTERCLASS 5 MARCH 2023 – PRESS RELEASE

Masterclass for strings given by Ruth Rogers

Sutton Music Festival organised a very successful and enjoyable Masterclass given by Ruth Rogers on Sunday 5 March in Wallington Library.  The masterclass included participants from the 2022 Festival, playing violin and cello.  They played works by Bach, Sarasate, Paganini, Rachmaninov and others.

Said Ruth after the class had finished: ‘It was an honour to work with these incredibly talented young musicians. They responded so well to ideas and suggestions, and I think that it was a lovely opportunity for them to perform to an audience and interact with a professional musician. Huge thanks to the Sutton Music Festival for giving young people this opportunity.’

Ruth Rogers is currently one of the Leaders of the London Mozart Players, and regularly guest leads other major orchestras. She studied at the Royal College of Music, has won many prestigious awards including the Tagore Gold Medal and the Manoug Parikian Award. She now performs both at home and abroad both as a soloist and in various chamber music ensembles including the Iuventus String Quartet and the Aquinas Piano Trio.

The Masterclass is funded by the Neil Heayes bequest.  Sutton Music Festival is supported by Arts Network Sutton, the HR Taylor Charitable Trust, and is grateful to the London Borough of Sutton for the use of the library.

 

A Celebrity Masterclass for Strings Players took place in March 2023.

Participants were selected by the Strings adjudicator at the 2022 Festival.

 

 

SMF MASTERCLASS 6 MARCH 2022 – PRESS RELEASE

Masterclass for wind players given by Gill Johnston

Sutton Music Festival organised a very successful Masterclass given by Gill Johnston on Sunday 6 March in Wallington Library.  The masterclass included participants from the 2021 Festival, playing trumpet, oboe, French horn and clarinet.  They played works by Mozart, Britten, Arnold and others.

Said Gill after the class had finished:  ‘I have had an enjoyable afternoon in Sutton.  The performers were enthusiastic and of a very high standard, with ages ranging from 5 to 16.  It is quite something for them to get up here before an audience.  They are all talented, and I hope I have given them some helpful feedback so they take away something positive.’

Gill is an accomplished bassoonist, founder of Harpenden Musicale, now one of the country’s largest private music centres, and musical director of the National Children’s Wind and Chamber Orchestras.  She is passionately interested in encouraging children to ‘make music’ and thoroughly enjoys music festivals all over the country.

The Masterclass is funded by the Neil Heayes bequest.  Sutton Music Festival is supported by Arts Network Sutton, the HR Taylor Charitable Trust, and is grateful to the London Borough of Sutton for the use of the library.

A Celebrity Masterclass for Wind Players took place in March 2022.

Participants were selected by the Winds adjudicator at the 2021 Festival.