Pro Corda has received confirmation of a significant 3 year grant from The Leverhulme Trust which will come into effect in September 2016. The grant, which runs until 2019, will support bursary funding for students from 8-24 across the residential chamber music courses and also the flagship Fellowship scheme for young graduates wishing to train as the next generation of chamber music coaching staff.
Congratulations to Pro Corda student George G and all of Team Rickshaw for raising over £3.7m for BBC Children in Need taking part in the BBC's One Show Rickshaw Challenge. Viewers, who tuned in throughout last week to watch the team cycle the 470 mile journey from Lands End to London's East End, donated over £3.7 million to the cause. Pro Corda congratulates George G and the team for their incredible achievement.
Pro Corda student and BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist, Julian Trevelyan, has won the top prize and the concerto prize in the Marguerite Long Competition, part of the Long Thibaud Crespin Competitions in Paris.
Julian was the youngest of the five finalists by ten years, and the only British student ever to have reached the final.
Pro Corda student George G is about to embark on BBC Children in Need's Rickshaw Challenge to raise funds for the appeal night on Friday 13 November. The journey, which starts on Friday 6 November, will see the team travel 470 miles from Land's End in Cornwall to London's East End in time for the appeal night. To donate £5, text TEAM to 70705 and to donate £10, text TEAM to 70710.
Pro Corda student George G has been selected as one of six participants for the return of BBC Children in Need's Rickshaw Challenge. George, a keen violinist and musical theatre performer, was chosen to participate in the challenge following his involvement with Pro Corda - our Create Together project currently being part funded by BBC Children in Need.
Pro Corda's Suffolk International Cello Festival returns for a second year with concerts and recitals by world famous cellists including Joely Koos, Zoe Martlew, Alexander Baillie and David Burrowes. The Festival which runs alongside Pro Corda's Cello Course, directed by David Burrowes, will run from 25-28 October. Tickets to all four concerts are just £25.
Pro Corda is pleased to announce the launch of a new course for post 18 study within its existing Conservatoire series which will be directed by Professor of Baroque Flute at the Royal College of Music, Rachel Brown. The course will explore the rich eighteenth century chamber music of the Baroque era for students at any music conservatoire or university. Aimed primarily at modern instrumentalists, the course also offers the opportunity to try Baroque instruments/bows and for advanced pianists to experiment with figured bass accompaniment and obbligato harpsichord.
Pro Corda launches the start of the 2015 Chamber Music Festival for Schools today. The Festival will see schools host qualifying and semi final rounds celebrating the best chamber music making from ensembles in schools across the country.
Pro Corda has been awarded £9,045 from The Big Lottery Fund to install a film music and composition studio at Leiston Abbey. The grant will be used to fund computer, audio interface and studio equipment to provide composition workshops for young people from Suffolk and across the country who come to Pro Corda.
BBC Children in Need has awarded Pro Corda a grant towards its "Create Together" special educational needs weekend programme. The grant will fund six weekends which will take place at Pro Corda's home at Leiston Abbey, Shrubberies School in Gloucestershire and Parkwood Hall School in Kent.
Leiston Abbey appeared in a broadcast of BBC One's The One Show last week following filming of the archaeological dig that took place on site in July. The feature follows the legend of "Black Shuck", a dog which terrorised the people of Suffolk and roamed the surrounding countryside.
Pro Corda is pleased to announce the launch of a new Suffolk International Cello Festival which will take place in October 2014 in the newly renovated Lady Chapel at Leiston Abbey. The Festival will be a series of concerts bringing together international cellists in an idyllic setting to celebrate the new concert and rehearsal venue.