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Learn from a Master

Published on Thursday, 30th April 2015

St George's Bristol secures music lessons for aspiring young local musicians from world famous artists

St George’s Bristol is delighted to announce the launch of the new St George’s Bristol Music Mentors Scheme with Julian Lloyd Webber as the scheme’s official patron and first music mentor.

The world class music venue on Park Street regularly promotes concerts from some of worlds most respected and high profile professional musicians. From Mitsuko Uchida to Gregory Porter artists love performing at St George’s for the exceptional acoustics and the intimacy of the beautiful Georgian setting. St George’s Bristol’s Music Mentor Scheme will allow young people to get even closer to their musical heroes. 

Julian Lloyd Webber will officially launch the scheme at his performance of An Evening with Julian Lloyd Webber at St George’s Bristol on Monday 11 May from 7.30pm sponsored by DAC Beachcroft. At 4.30pm that day Julian will be giving a private cello lesson to three keen young local cellists selected by St George’s Bristol’s Head of Education Catherine Freda. Thomas Youngs from Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Sabrina Lambert-Rose from Prior Park School in Bath and Hannah Wilkie from Clifton College.

Julian Lloyd Webber:

“This is a fantastic idea and I am really looking forward to making my own my contribution on May 11th! I am sure that many aspiring musicians will derive huge benefit and inspiration from the wonderful array of musicians that continually appear at St George’s!”

Thomas Youngs, Bristol Cathedral School:

“I’m really looking forward to working with Julian, it’s such a great opportunity and I’m sure it’ll be an amazing experience.”

Artists performing at St George’s are eagerly signing up to offer personal music mentoring opportunities to aspiring young local musicians. More mentors performing in St George’s Bristol’s autumn season will be announced in the coming months. The team at St George’s are delighted by the positive response so far from artists covering both classical and contemporary music genres.

How to get involved

Are you a young musician with a passion for performing?  Do you have your sights set on Music College?  Are you a parent/carer of someone with great musical potential?  Are you a teacher with a really promising student?  If your answer to any of these is ‘yes’, keep an eye on #buildasoundfuture to find out how to take part.  

Suzanne Rolt, CEO, St George’s Bristol:

“Thank you to Julian for being the Patron of our scheme. St George’s is a very special place for artists and audiences alike and with this scheme, part of our Building a Sound Future development project, we are delighted to offer young local musicians a chance to meet and learn from their heroes. The response from musicians has been tremendous and I think some of these lessons could make a real difference to young people's musical lives. Not everyone can say they've been taught by the biggest names in music.”

Tony Cherry, Bristol Regional Senior Partner at DAC Beachcroft:

"We've been a long-standing patron of St George's and are very pleased to be continuing our relationship.  Last year, we were delighted to sponsor Julian Lloyd Webber's final cello recording, the release of which marked his official retirement from public performance, so it is particularly apt to be sponsoring this special evening with Julian on his return to St George's."

St George’s Bristol Building a Sound Future

Building a Sound Future represents the most significant development of St George’s Bristol since it was first built in 1823. The project will transform the visitor experience and provide new multi- purpose facilities with a bold new garden pavilion extension designed by award winning architects Patel Taylor. Once work is completed in the Autumn of 2017 our new venue will be a fully accessible concert hall to rival the world’s finest, truly fit for purpose to receive the many world class artists who perform here, together with new facilities for our audiences and learning participants.

Our capital appeal has secured major funding pledges from both Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, together with grants from major UK Trusts and Foundations and the generous support of many individuals. With £3.5M secured we are on track to raise the remaining £2M for building works to commence in the spring of 2016.

For further details on the appeal, the images, plans and how to support, please contact Simon Farley, Head of Fundraising and Development, St George’s Bristol 0117 929 49290117 929 4929

An Evening with Julian Lloyd Webber sponsored by DAC Beachcroft

Monday 11 May 7.30pm £15, £12 (plus fees)

While he has now retired from performing, Julian Lloyd Webber returns for a fascinating evening, recounting stories and anecdotes of touring, recording sessions, concerts, TV shows and the like, all of which are linked with rare video footage of him playing and talking with many of the people involved in his amazing life such as Nigel Kennedy, Elton John, Katherine Jenkins, Tim Rice, Yehudi Menhuin, Joaquin Rodrigo, Cleo Laine, Stephane Grappelli and many others.

He is joined by his wife and fellow cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and pianist Pam Chowhan to perform works such as Faure’s ‘Elegy’, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Music of the Night’, Rachmaninov’s ‘Cello Sonata’ as well as works by composers William Lloyd Webber, Philip Glass, Frank Bridge, and J S Bach.

Read an interview with Julian Lloyd Webber here [