Rehearsals start for the next concert on March 16th 2024
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|Sun, 10 Dec 2023
The orchestra would like to thank everyone for coming to the Fantasy and Fiction concert in November at the Winding Wheel. It was a great night of story telling through music and a good time was had by the orchestra and audience. The orchestra had a well earned week off before starting rehearsing Rachmaninoff's symphony number 2, Carwithen's Bishop Rock Overture and Bruch's violin concert for our concert on March 16th 2024 at the Winding Wheel (see our event and home page for ticket details)
The orchestra are excited to be joined by Lizzie Dawson (pictured) who will be performing the Bruch violin concerto:
Born in Sheffield in 2002, Lizzie started playing the violin at the age of 7, receiving lessons from her dad Ralph Dawson. By the age of 12 Lizzie had achieved grade 8 on the violin, and in the same year she performed Vivaldi’s “Spring” from the 4 seasons with a Sheffield Youth Orchestra.
She continued lessons with Richard Howarth (former leader, Manchester Camerata) before attaining a place aged 14 at the Junior RNCM studying with Deirdre Ward. In 2019, aged 17, Lizzie was appointed as leader of the Halle Youth Orchestra, and the following year she gained a place at RNCM to study with the Assistant Head of Strings, Catherine Yates.
Lizzie has performed Beethoven’s Romance in F with the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra in 2019, as well as having a more recent performance in May 2023 with the same orchestra, playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor.
She enjoys exploring performing in a wide variety of styles and genres, and is currently a member of 3 different string chamber groups (on both violin and viola). Last year she performed a new piece composed for her by Emily Pedersen, a Faber published composer, entitled “Lizzie Squared”. She has also taken part in RNCM’s New music concert, as principal 2nd violinist, playing a mix of contemporary compositions.
Future plans include continued learning, including post graduate studies, tackling the vast repertoire for her instrument, and a fervent wish to enter the world of performing as a professional musician.