NSVM @ 40
40 years of Violinmaking in Newark
3,4,5th May 2013
Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK
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The Trent Chamber Academy
A brief history
The orchestra was established in 2002 as the idea and inspiration of Catherine Janssens, a Belgian student then studying at the School of Violin Making, and the result of a common wish to develop music at the School. The Academy’s repertoire has always embraced a wide range of the foremost string repertoire from the seventeenth century to the present day, specializing particularly in works of the Baroque period and the English Twentieth Century School.
Since then, the orchestra has drawn its 20 or so members from the school’s students, whose collective musical experience includes classically trained players from various institutions worldwide. As there is a large international representation in the school, the orchestra includes members from Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and Hong Kong.
A year in review
Following the success of the Town Hall concert last March, the orchestra has gone from strength to strength, both in terms of performance standard and internal structure. Focused rehearsals on string technique and sound have seen this semi-professional orchestra raise the bar yet again. The Trent Chamber Academy performed with the Newark Choral Society on the 1st of December and gave a terrific performance of Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves and Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite.
This year is a very exciting one for both the School of Violin Making and the Trent Chamber Academy as the 40th anniversary of the school’s foundation approaches in May 2013. Having an orchestra made up of string instrument makers is unique and provides a very exciting overlap as students take their instruments from a piece of wood to performance at a high standard! To celebrate this exciting feature, other students from the Violin Making School have been invited to put their instruments forward to be played by the orchestra in this year’s celebratory concert. The concert will be performed on two occasions following the continued sell-out success of the orchestra, and will also feature two internationally renowned French soloists. The projected programme will include Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat for violin and viola, Suk’s Serenade in E flat for strings, Mahler’s famous Adagietto from his Fifth Symphony and a newly commissioned work for the Academy. The Trent Chamber Academy will perform on Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th of May 2013.
Press release 28/3/13
VIOLIN MAKING STUDENTS PERFORM FOR THEIR SCHOOL'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY ON INSTRUMENTS MADE IN NEWARK
The Trent Chamber Academy (TCA) will return to Newark Town Hall for the third year running to perform in the splendour of the magnificent Georgian Ballroom as part of the Newark School of Violin Making’s (NSVM) 40th anniversary event.
The orchestra will be performing on Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th of May at 7.30pm. The concerts will run in association with Lutherie, a conference for professional violin makers, amateurs, students and enthusiasts.
A large representation of the violin making world (including many of the violin making school's alumni) is expected at the weekend long event, which will include seminars, master classes, classical concerts, traditional folk and Gipsy jazz sessions featuring musicians from Nottingham, Lincoln and Newark, the premiere showing of ‘Cello’ a documentary film made recently at NSVM by independent film-maker Chris Cocuzzi-Cox and more.
To mark this special event in the school's history the players of the TCA will perform exclusively on instruments made by themselves and their fellow students. To their knowledge, never before has a more representative sound of the world renowned NSVM been heard. The school and orchestra alike hope that this may be a regular feature of the TCA's annual concerts and will help to continue to develop the orchestra's work in publicising the school locally.
This year the TCA will perform an exciting and varied programme including Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat with solo violin and viola, the 1st movement of Suk’s Serenade in E flat for strings, Mahler’s famous Adagietto from his 5th Symphony, two movements from John Ireland's A Downland Suite and Mendelssohn’s 4th String Symphony.
The Academy will also perform the world premiere of a piece from award winning composer and friend of the TCA Mark David Boden, which was commissioned for the occasion. Mr Boden is the composer in residence at the University of St. Andrews and lecturer at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. His music has been performed by a variety of ensembles across the UK including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hebrides Ensemble. The orchestra is delighted to premier this exciting upcoming composer’s work.
In addition, the Academy is honoured to be joined by prestigious French soloists, Paul Rouger (violin) and Jacques Borsarello (viola) to perform Mozart’s inspirational Sinfonia Concertante. Paul Rouger was age 13 when he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He is creator, manager, producer and musical director of the group Les Solistes Français, with which he gives around 100 concerts per year, directing mainly from the violin. He has been the soloist of l’Orchestre Colonne since 1999. Jacques Borsarello is the father of Bastien Bosarello, a third year student at the violin school and double bassist in the TCA. Jacques was a student of Serge Collot and Bruno Pasquier at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris and currently is professor of viola at the Conservatoire de Versailles. He has played in many symphony orchestras including Opéra de Paris, Orchestre de Paris and the Razumowsky Quartet.
The TCA was established in 2002 as the idea and inspiration of Catherine Janssens, a Belgian student then studying at the school, and the result of a common wish to develop music at the School. The Academy’s repertoire has always embraced a wide range of the foremost string repertoire from the seventeenth century to the present day, specialising particularly in works of the Baroque period and the English Twentieth Century School.
Since then, the orchestra has drawn its 25 or so members from the school’s students, whose collective musical experience includes classically trained players from various institutions worldwide. As there is a large international representation in the school, the orchestra includes members from Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Nigeria and Japan.
Roger Bryan, the orchestra's resident conductor said, ‘It has always been a particular pleasure and delight to work with such an enthusiastic and responsive group of exceptionally talented young musicians from a wide variety of international backgrounds, and to achieve professional standards of performance with them. It is particularly gratifying to see their reputation as the county’s foremost string orchestra confirmed after the critical acclaim received following their last concert at the Town Hall, and I am delighted to see the Academy continuing to develop classical symphonic and concerto repertoire with the addition of a wind section. I look forward to another exciting concert with an attractive and varied programme.’
Jacques Borsarello, guest solo violist in the Mozart said "I am very honoured to participate in the 40th anniversary of the Violin Making School of Newark and to bring my artistic contribution to such an important event in the town. After having invited the school and its director Peter Smith for our Viola Congress in 2012, I am very excited about meeting the players of the Trent Chamber Academy as well as the rest of the violin making students.”
Peter Smith, Course Leader and Tutor at Newark Violin School, said “I continue to be amazed by our students, reflected not only by their talent in the pursuit of excellence in the craft of violin making but also by their commitment to the Trent Chamber Academy and to performing music in our community. They continue to go from strength to strength giving some wonderful performances of which the town and College is rightly proud.”