May 2014 – Liberation International Music Festival 2014


Liberation International Music Festival 2014

May 7th-11th 2014

The academy is proud to be involved in the educational side of the Liberation International Music Festival, as well as being the centre for all chamber music rehearsals during the week, and the accommodation centre for most of the visiting musicians. A whole range of educational activities took place during the week to help inspire the next generation of local young musicians:

Composition Project

In the weeks leading up to the festival, a small group of advanced students wrote compositions based on ideas from Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins, and had the opportunity to hear these new works performed by the outstanding Retorica Duo on Wednesday 7th May at the Russian Miniatures pre-concert event outlined below.

Young Composers with the Retorica Duo

Russian Miniatures

A large group of young pianists aged 8 to 13 each performed one work from the great canon of miniature educational masterpieces from mid-20th Century Russia, from composers such as Kabalevsky, Shostakovich and Prokofiev.  This took place on Wednesday 7th May in front of an audience of family and friends.

Pre-Concert Platform at the Opera House

The opportunity to perform at the Jersey Opera House is always an important stage for a young performer, and this pre-concert event featured a quartet of violins performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins, and the Flutasia ensemble led by Claire Boleat performing various popular works. All students stayed on after their performance to watch the wonderful Liberation Celebration concert which followed.

Masterclasses and Workshops

On the morning of Friday 9th May simultaneous workshops took place at the academy.  Michael Collins led a clarinet workshop, in which various students performed and a Q&A session took place at the end:

Michael Collins Workshop

Harriet Mackenzie led a violin workshop with the young violinists who had performed the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins:

Harriet Mackenzie violin workshop

Phillipa Davies led a flute workshop which combined tuition with a large flute ensemble playing session:

Philippa Davies flute workshop

A morning of outstanding inspiration for the island’s young musicians!