New talent showcase
On Sunday 20 December we presented a special concert to showcase the talents of the professional musicians of the future – newly qualified musicians setting out on their careers, for whom lockdown has been particularly challenging. We invited applications from young musicians who left conservatoires in the summer of 2020, having completed Masters level qualifications in performance studies. From a strong field of we selected five outstanding musicians to perform.
We introduce them below...
Italian pianist Vincenzo Loisi is a graduate of the Royal College of Music with the highest honours in 2020, and one of the eight pianists currently doing the Artist Diploma Course, selected from among 1200 contestants. He has attended masterclasses with renowned pianists including Andrzej Jasinski, Lylia Zilberstein, Riccardo Risaliti, Benedetto Lupo, Konstantin Sherbakov and Pietro de Maria.
Vincenzo is a winner of many prizes in national and international piano competitions and has played in many important Italian venues and music festivals, among them: the Museo Ignazio Cerio in Capri, the Museo Filangieri in Naples, “Palazzo Vecchio” Florence, the Accademia Chigiana (Siena), the Teatro Verdi (Salerno), and the Giffoni Film Festival.
Vincenzo played Ravel’s Jeux D'Eau and Chopin’s Etude op10 no3.
Viola da gamba player Sarah Small came across the instrument whilst studying at the Royal College of Music as a recorder player. Since then, she has undertaken a Master of Performance degree at the RCM as a student of Reiko Ichise, graduating in the summer of 2020 with Distinction.
During her studies Sarah was generously supported by the Linda Hill Scholarship, the Robert McFadzean Whyte Award, the Countess of Munster Trust, and Help Musicians UK.She has performed across Europe as a soloist and chamber musician in venues including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, The Globe Theatre, St Mark’s Basilica, as well as live on radio.
Sarah played two of her favourite pieces: Chaconne in D minor by Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, followed by Les Voix Humaines by Marin Marais
Seb Marshall is a freelance clarinettist based in Manchester who has recently completed his Master’s of Music in Performance with Distinction at the RNCM. He plays with choral societies, music festivals, weddings, and scratch projects. This year he appeared with the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble in Concertgebouw, and with the Hallé Orchestra in Bridgewater Hall.
During lockdown, Seb’s Zoom projects have included leading choir rehearsals, masterclasses, and virtual orchestras. His arrangements have been performed by virtual choirs, and his chamber group The Tempest Ensemble gave their first livestreamed concert.
Seb performed Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo by Igor Stravinsky and Carnyx by Serban Nichifor.
Born in Calgary (Canada), Cole Morrison started playing bass at the age of 15. In 2012 he graduated from the Mount Royal Music Academy and went on to study music at the University of Calgary. In 2013 and 2014 Cole was one of the youngest members ever invited to participate in the National Academy Orchestra (Hamilton, Ontario).
Cole recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music with distinction on the Master of Performance course, which was in part supported by a Music Individual Project Grant awarded to him by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts in 2018. While attending the Guildhall School Cole served as a teaching assistant to Professor Rinat Ibragimov and was awarded a Junior fellowship position for the 2020/21 academic year.
Cole played the Hans-Werner Henze Serenade (arranged for Double Bass by Lucas Drew).
Welsh Soprano Ffion Edwards recently graduated with distinction at The Royal College of Music. She studied on the Master of Performance course under the tutelage of Dinah Harris and Caroline Dowdle. Ffion’s recent highlights include appearing as ‘Clarice’ in Haydn’s ‘Il mondo della luna’ with the RCM International Opera Studio, and performing as part of the trio in Bernstein’s ‘Trouble in Tahiti’. She was the winner of the Geraint Morris Memorial award in 2016 which gave her the opportunity to make her solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018 in the Festival of Massed Male Voice Choirs.
Gruß - Edvard Grieg (No.1 Op.68)
Fleurs - Francis Poulenc
Mandoline - Gabriel Fauré (No.1 Op.58)
Ein Traum - Edvard Grieg (No.6 Op.68)