Sherborne Summer School of Music
2nd August to 16th August 2020
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Sherborne Summer School of Music 2020
Extra Curricular Activities
Weeks 1 & 2
Stephen Varcoe is internationally renowned as a concert and recital singer. He has made over 150 recordings: Purcell, Handel and Bach with John Elliot Gardiner; Haydn, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Grainger and Britten with Richard Hickox and works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Nigel Osborne, Thea Musgrave and John Tavener with various other artists.
He has sung with many orchestras and conductors in the UK, Europe, Japan and North America; in BBC Proms, concerts and festivals throughout the world and in recitals with Julius Drake, Graham Johnson and Iain Burnside. With Hyperion Records Stephen has made many song recital discs and in 2009 he completed a PhD at the University of York on the Performance of Song. He is at present writing a book entitled “The Performance of English Song” based on his doctoral research. Stephen teaches at the Royal College of Music as well as giving lectures and masterclasses both in the UK and abroad.
Alex Jenkins read music at the University of Nottingham graduating with a BA(Hons) and an MA. He was appointed Musician-in-Residence at Christ’s Hospital in West Sussex for two years, where he later worked as a visiting piano teacher. In 2017 Alex graduated with distinction in his MPerf in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Simon Lepper, Roger Vignoles and Andrew Zolinsky. Whilst there Alex was awarded the Titanic Memoriam Prize for best performance by a pianist in the Lies Askonas Vocal Competition and an accompanist’s prize at the Brooks-van der Pump English Song Competition, as well as performing at the Wigmore Hall and the V & A Museum. He is currently a professional accompanist at the Royal Welsh College of Music, working predominantly with the Vocal and Choral Conducting Departments.
Martyn Noble is currently Sub-Organist at H.M. Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace, Accompanist and Teacher of Organ at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, Musician-in-Residence and Teacher of Piano at Highgate School and Accompanist of the Concordia Chamber Choir. In the UK, he has given Organ recitals in many Cathedrals and churches, he has also played in Paris, Leiden (Holland), Budapest, Brussels, Germany and Northern Ireland. As an accompanist he has worked for professors and students at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music’s Chorus and for Music
Festivals such as the Leeds Lieder Festival and the British Isles Music Festival. Last year, he was fortunate to play Keys 2 for the UK tour of ‘Miss Saigon’. In 2015, Martyn graduated with a first class BMus from the Royal College of Music. He has appeared live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 and has recorded several CD’s with Priory and Signum Records. Martyn plays annually for Classic FM’s broadcast of ‘Carols from Buckingham Palace’ which airs immediately after H.M. The Queen’s speech on Christmas Day.