220727 Cambridge Suzuki Young Musicians


Quartet, trio, and solos by Charlotte Bray, alongside shorter works by Howard Skempton, Colin Matthews, and David Sawer


Cambridge Suzuki Young Musicians

Henrietta Hill - viola

Rose Hinton - violin

Andrew Power - cello

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This concert is a rare opportunity to hear a concert of chamber music devoted mainly to that of Berlin based composer Charlotte Bray.

On the programme are her environmentally inspired quartet ‘Zustande’ , and the Shakespearean inspired trio ‘Those Sacred Eyes’, with advanced CSYM student pianists playing side-by-side with professional chamber musicians Henrietta Hill (viola), Rose Hinton (violin), and Andrew Power (cello).

Also on the programme are some of Charlotte’s superb and evocative works for solo instrument, namely ‘In Black Light’ for solo viola, ‘On the Other Shore’ for solo cello, and, ‘Beyond’ for solo violin.

At the other end of the programme there will be one or two performances of chamber works featuring some of our accomplished young 7 year old pianists, as they join forces with Andrew and Rose to play music by Howard Skempton and Colin Matthews.

more about Cambridge Suzuki Young Musicians

In 1982, Stephen Power organised the Granta Suzuki Group which in turn evolved into Cambridge Suzuki Young Musicians (CSYM). CSYM is a constituted non-profit association which aims to provide musical education for children with a commitment to excellence through the educational approaches of Suzuki and Kodály. Its activities provide support for children, parents and teachers in the planning, organisation and hosting of concerts, workshops and fundraising events.

An annual CSYM family membership fee helps cover general group expenses, including the costs of mounting two group concerts each academic year, allowing all families, students & friends to attend free of charge

Besides committee members, many other parents make practical contributions to the work of the group, particularly at special events such as concerts and workshops, contributing time, energy and skills. The CSYM relies on, and is strengthened by, the involvement of parents through its 'Friends of the Committee'.

Over the years, CSYM has organised many successful musical events. In recent years, for example, the group has helped organised:

  • A string of unique & inspiring summer workshops
  • CSYM concerts at prestigious Cambridge venues including West Road Concert Hall, Queen's Building at Emmanuel College, and St John's Divinity School
  • Production of a DVD of the CSYM Christmas concerts, (2005, 2006 and 2007)
  • June 2008 concert commemorating the life of Dr Shinichi Suzuki, performed by Suzuki Piano students from the UK, USA and Germany with all proceeds donated to 'Save the Children'
  • Spring concerts in aid of charity (RNID's 'Don't Lose the Music' campaign in 2007, the Music Therapy Programme at Milton Children's Hospice in 2006 and Save the Children's Tsunami appeal in 2005)
  • Joint duet concert in Cambridge with pupils from the London Suzuki Group
  • A visit to Copenhagen for a joint concert with a Danish Suzuki group; the hosting of a return visit to Cambridge by Danish Suzuki families
  • Fundraising to enable the group to commission new pieces and workshop visits from composers (including Graham Fitkin in 2007 and 2004; Huw Watkins in 2006)
  • A one-day piano masterclass and Dalcroze session
  • Research into possible new teaching premises in Cambridge.