Here at Help Musicians UK we’re pleased to be able to help some incredible young musicians. Earlier this week we showcased four of our emerging artists at the Swiss Church in Covent Garden. The evening was not only a celebration of the variety of talent we support but was also an opportunity to say thank you to our outgoing Chairman, Richard Lyttelton, for an outstanding six years’ service.
Peter Whittingham Jazz Award’s Peter Edwards Trio kick started the evening, fresh from the release of their debut album ‘Safe and Sound’. With Peter Edwards on piano, Max Luthert on Double Bass and Moses Boyd on drums, the trio are fast becoming one of the most exciting and dynamic on London.
Sybil Tutton Award and Maggie Teyte prize holder Soraya Mafi raised the roof with her breath-taking renditions of George Gershwin’s Summertime, Poor Wandering One from Pirates of Penzance and Je Veux Vivre from Romeo and Juliet. She came to us straight from rehearsals for Jeremy Sams’ new production of Peter Grimes which will be performed at Grange Park Opera from 30 May – 21 June.
Michael Foyle, holder of the prestigious Parikian Award for violin, was our penultimate performer on the night and shone in Kreisler’s 'Syncopation' and 'Tambourin chinois' and Ravel’s 'Pièce en forme d'habanera'. Having graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2013, he is now a Postgrad at the Royal Academy of Music and also performs with the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the String Experience Scheme which we also help to fund.
Acoustic duo and Emerging Excellence Award holders Gibb and Lucas ended the evening with three songs from their second (and critically acclaimed) album Up Through the Woods. No strangers to BBC Radio, the pair’s career was kick-started in 2011 when they received a BBC Young Folk Award nomination.
Four totally unique performances from four equally talented artists, the Spring Showcase really showed the true scope of the emerging talent supported by Help Musicians UK. Thank you to everyone who joined us and thank you to Richard Lyttelton for all of his support and guidance over the past six years.
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