This year’s Yehudi Menuhin School, Leavers’ Concert took place at The Wigmore Hall, London on Wednesday 26th June. In a fantastic programme of music with her fellow leavers, Juliette played “Thème et variations” by Olivier Messiaen.
The Lark Ascending at Canterbury Cathedral
On 22nd June, Juliette played Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending at Canterbury Cathedral with the Canterbury Choral Society. A truly special atmosphere in this magnificent venue made for an evening of wonderful music.
City of Southampton Orchestra
On April 27th, Juliette played the Bruch, Violin Concerto no.1, Op.26 with the City of Southampton Orchestra at Romsey Abbey, Hampshire. After the concert one appreciative concert-goer wrote on the CoSO’s facebook page: ‘Congratulations to Juliette on a fabulous performance – it was heart-stoppingly brilliant!’ https://www.facebook.com/CityOfSotonOrch
Beethoven Triple Concerto
Along with fellow Menuhin School pupils, Ben Tarlton (‘cello) and Rosalind Phang (piano), Juliette was priviledged to be invited by the Dinas Powys Orchestra in Wales to play Beethoven’s, “Triple Concerto”, in C major, Op. 56. The concert, conducted by Antony Tarlton, was played to a packed house on 17th March - a great experience for all concerned.
A busy Spring Term
Following mock A-level exams in January, Juliette has had a very busy term of music at school. Her string quartet played Mozart’s no.15 in D-minor, K421 (the second of the Quartets dedicated to Haydn) to great acclaim in concerts at the Menuhin Hall. As well as preparing for her performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Wales, Juliette has also been leading the Menuhin School String Orchestra in performances at the RAC Club in Epsom – further performances of the school’s orchestral programme to follow later this summer.
Pavel Vernikov in Fiesole
Since October 2012 and for a few days each month, Juliette has been travelling to the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy for additional violin tuition with Professor Pavel Vernikov. His enormous experience as a performer and as a teacher makes every lesson exciting, intense and challenging.
Summer Master-classes in Vienna
As soon as exams and school were finished for the year, Juliette took off for Vienna where she spent two fabulous weeks in the company of students from around the world for a series of master-classes with Professor Pavel Vernikov.
In this year’s Yehudi Menuhin School Summer Festival, Juliette continued her exploration of Ysaÿe’s Sonatas for Solo Violin – this time Sonata no.6.
Walter Todds Bursary Prize
Shortly before the BBC Young Musician 2012 final in April, Juliette was thrilled to learn that she was awarded the Walter Todds Bursary prize for the most promise shown by a performer not to reach the Final.
BBC Young Musician 2012, Strings Final
Several months of hard work and preparation took Juliette to the BBC Young Musician 2012, Strings Category Final at the Royal Welsh College of Music, Cardiff. After a very full day of rehearsals, interviews and cameras, Juliette wowed the near capacity audience at the Dora Stoutzker Hall with her programme of Watkins, Partita for Solo Violin; Beethoven, Violin Sonata no.8; and, Ravel, ‘Tzigane’. Although, sadly, pipped at the post, Juliette drew high praise from the BBC Jury, one of whom described her playing as ‘Absolutely spellbinding – I was on the edge of my seat for the whole performance’.
Concerts at school
Following mock-AS levels in January and internal performance assessments at school, Juliette continued her preparations for the BBC Strings final with a Showcase Concert at the Yehudi Menuhin Hall, where she played Ravel’s ‘Tzigane’.
BBC Young Musician 2012, Round 2…
In December, Juliette travelled to the Royal College of Music, London, along with 120 other hopefuls for the Strings category round 2 auditions. Her 15 minute programme consisted of Ysaÿe’s Sonata for Solo Violin no. 4 and Elgar, ‘La Capriccieuse’. Clearly she did enough to impress the judges and is now invited to play in the Strings Category Finals, to held in Cardiff during March and televised later in April.
Success at Wimbledon Festival
On 21st November, 2011, Juliette received an enthusiastic reception for her performance in a lunch-time recital at the Wimbledon International Music Festival. Juliette and her sister, Tatjana, with pianists Bella Tang and Rosalind Phang, played a programme of Grieg, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Ravel.