We said goodbye to 26 students this month, as the violinists in Year 6 at Ashmole and Jessop primary School performed for one of the last times as members of LMM Learning. The young musicians took to the stage for their Graduation at Wheatsheaf Hall on Thursday 5th July.
In a concert led by them, we heard some incredible performances showcasing their violin skills, exploring a range of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary music. They also shared some special memories with their friends and families, presenting their favourite moments of London Music Masters.
As well as this, we welcomed Uma Baron from London Philharmonic Orchestra’s (LPO) Junior Artist programme to share the special occasion with the students. Uma gave some inspiring words to the children about growing up as a musician, as well as a brilliant performance of the third movement from Brahms’ F-A-E Sonata.
These graduates have been learning the violin for 5-6 years as part of London Music Masters’ LMM Learning programme. Over this time they have learned within group and individual lessons with our outstanding teachers Danusia Adamska-Baszko, Louise Gibbens, Matthew Hickman, Rachel Cooper, Rayna Ferner and Victoria Mavromoustaki.
As well as this, they have taken part in creative projects and performances in collaboration with the Southbank Centre, Barbican Centre, BFI and the LPO. They’ve worked with some amazing artists such as Maxim Vengerov, Nicola Benedetti and Nadine Benjamin.
To finish off their Graduation, the children performed Sing by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber, which can be watched here. As violinists, drummers and singers, they proved together just how much their musicality has grown over the years.
However, we didn’t have to say goodbye for good! These young people join our growing number of LMM Alumni who continue to work with us and inspire the younger students with their amazing achievements, in music and beyond.
We are so proud of them.