We are delighted to announce our very first Virtual Masterclass Series, starting this Sunday 1 November.
Building on the success of both of our Virtual Workshop Series earlier this year in May and August, we are delighted to be providing these new exciting opportunities to our growing family of 90 young musicians!
Our new Virtual Masterclass Series will provide our young musicians with exciting, unique and interactive opportunities to learn from leading music practitioners across a range of instruments, styles and musical disciplines.
We are especially proud that several of the masterclasses will be led by Future Talent’s very own Ambassadors.
Each Masterclass will see a selection of our talented young musicians actively taking part, while more musicians from across our programmes will form an audience to support and learn from the esteemed leaders of the masterclasses.
Wind Masterclass | Sir James & Lady Jeanne Galway | 1 November
We are delighted to welcome two of the most celebrated flautists of their generation, Future Talent Ambassadors Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, to open our Masterclass Series.
Known as “the man with the golden flute” and a leading interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Sir James Galway is celebrated as a legend in the world of music. Lady Jeanne Galway is a highly accomplished solo flautist and chamber musician, touring regularly with her trio Zephyr. Along with their successful solo careers, the two also delight audiences as a duo. Since 2005, the Galways have been Ambassadors of Future Talent.
Strings Masterclass |Chloë Hanslip | 15 November
Our second masterclass will see another of our wonderful Ambassadors at the helm – international violinist Chloë Hanslip.
Chloë has had a remarkable career so far: a prodigious talent, Chloë performed at the BBC Proms at just fourteen and made her US concerto debut the following year. Now, Chloë has performed at major venues allover the world, including Wigmore Hall, Vienna Muskverein and the Seoul Arts Centre. Chloë has been a dedicated mentor to Future Talent since 2016.
Percussion Masterclass | Sarathy Korwar | 22 November
We are excited to welcome for the first time the vibrant and versatile tabla player Sarathy Korwar to lead the third masterclass of the series.
Sarathy Korwar is one of the most original and intriguing artists leading the UK jazz scene today, combining Indian classical music and South Asian jazz through improvisation, along with elements of folk music, contemporary jazz and electronics. Sarathy has collaborated with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings (The Comet Is Coming) and clarinettist Arun Ghosh, and has toured with Kamasi Washington, Yussef Kamaal and Moses Boyd.
Read more about Sarathy here.
Strings Masterclass | Guy Johnston | 6 December
Our final masterclass of the series will be led by international cellist and Future Talent Ambassador, Guy Johnston.
A gifted musician from a young age, Guy was crowned BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2000. Now, he has 20 years of professional experience performing as a soloist with leading UK orchestras including the London Philharmonic, BBCPhilharmonic and Manchester Camerata, and internationally with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and many more. Guy has been a Future Talent Ambassador since 2005.
CEO Minhaz Abedin said:
“We are so proud to be launching our third virtual series of 2020, especially because this one will be the first involvement for many who joined us earlier this month, growing our family of gifted young musicians to over 90. We can't wait to see them all having fun and learning from our fantastic events!"
We are so excited to get another memorable year of diverse opportunities and performances underway. Bring on 2021!
Providing support to eight young singers, the VOCES8 Future Talent awards are open until 11 October
Applications for our Coombs Scholarship are open until 16 September.