added: 19 Oct 2013 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
On Thursday the City Music Foundation launched its inaugural award winners at a spectacular concert at the new Milton Court concert hall at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the presence of the Lord Mayor of London and distinguished guests.
The City Music Foundation Artists for 2013 are Alastair Penman (saxophone), Bridie Jackson and the Arbour (folk group), Claire Iselin (harp), Cordelia Williams (piano), Mari Poll (violin), Mikhail Nemtsov (cello), Miriam Nerval (recorder), and Tir Eolas (folk group).
The concert proceedings were led by the distinguished lyricist and songwriter Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE, who entertained the audience with his comical poetry and anecdotes of life as a working musician.
The artists performed to a packed hall and provided the audience with an abundance of musical feasts which included Miriam Nirval's virtuosic performance of 'The Voice of the Crocodile' on the recorder, Paganini's caprice no. 3 expertly performed on the saxophone by Alastair Penman, a moving performance by cellist, Mikhail Nemtsov of Rachmaninov's romantic cello sonata, a masterful performance of Messiaen's 'Regard de l'esprit de joie' from 'Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus' by Cordelia Williams, and a toe-tapping finish from folk group Tir Eolas.
The concert was the first time the winners have appeared as City Music Foundation Artists, and signalled the start of a programme of support which will include concerts, recordings, mentoring and skills workshops, which will be devised and created by the Foundation to support the winners throughout the coming months as they strive to launch their professional careers.
The City Music Foundation brings together several City of London-based institutions, including the Barbican Arts Centre, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Festival and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
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