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Leeds Lunchtime Chamber Music – Junior Royal Northern College of Music

Leeds Lunchtime Chamber Music – Junior Royal Northern College of Music

Junior Royal Northern College of Music

Nathan Kenworthy – clarinet
Gwydion Rhys – cello
Sarah Thomas - voice
Jude Smith – tuba
David Jones - piano accompanist

Nathan Kenworthy - clarinet
with David Jones - piano

Gaubert  - Fantaisie

Gwydion Rhys - cello
with David Jones - piano

Shostakovich  - Cello Concerto No 1 in E flat major Op. 107: i Allegretto

Sarah Thomas - voice
with David Jones - piano

Aaron Copland  - Why do they shut me out of heaven?
Rachmaninov – The soldier’s wife
Fauré – Après un rêve

Jude Smith - tuba
with David Jones - piano

Vaughan Williams -  Tuba Concerto in F minor: i Prelude: Allegro moderato

Gwydion Rhys - cello
with David Jones - piano

Walton - Cello Concerto: i Moderato

Nathan Kenworthy - clarinet
with David Jones - piano

Rachmaninov  - Vocalise

Programme duration approximately 50 mins. Please note there will be no interval.

Nathan Kenworthy is seventeen years old and lives in Stockport. He is an upper sixth student at Aquinas College studying A levels in Music, Biology and Psychology and wishes to continue
studying music at a conservatoire next year. He has been playing the clarinet since the age of six and is presently taught by Chris Swann at the Junior RNCM which he joined in 2014. Nathan passed grade 8 with a high distinction aged just twelve and in the same year achieved an A* GCSE music. Aged fifteen Nathan successfully passed the ABRSM diploma in Clarinet Performance and completed the Gold Arts Award.  

He also started piano lessons with Kate Mercer when he joined JRNCM and is currently working towards taking his performance diploma next year. Nathan enjoys orchestral playing and was a member of the with Hallé Youth Orchestra for 5 years and was section principal with the National Children’s Orchestra, also for 5 years.

He became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2018 and was delighted to have been offered the position of principal clarinet for last year, a position he hopes to maintain for the coming year. A highlight of his orchestral playing so far has been to perform at the Royal Albert Proms as part of the 2019 proms season. In addition to his orchestral playing Nathan has performed frequently as a soloist and has won various awards and prizes at the JRNCM and, in 2015, received the Edith Hemmingway award for “Best Young Musician – North West” from the Awards for Young Musicians. Also helping him along his music journey is his sponsorship from Hanson Music. Nathan has been fortunate to take part in masterclasses with Michael Whight, Lesley Shatzburger and Antonio Salguero and in his free time enjoys taking part in athletic events and keeping fit.

Gwydion Rhys is sixteen years old and a sixth-form pupil at Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen, Bethesda where he is studying for A levels in Music, Mathematics and Welsh. He started piano lessons with Sioned Webb aged six and cello with Nicki Pearce aged seven and was a pupil at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias, Caernarfon for a number of years. He is currently studying piano with Jonathan Middleton and cello with Jennifer Langridge at the Junior RNCM, Manchester.  He also receives lessons in composition and conducting, is a member of two chamber groups, and of the symphony orchestra. He is a member of a number of other ensembles, including The National Youth Orchestra of Wales, the North Wales Youth Orchestra and North Wales Camerata. Earlier this year, Gwydion won the under-19 strings solo at the Urdd National Eisteddfod and at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. He is also a keen composer, and has won a number of prizes for composition. Amongst his other awards are the David Harris Prize for the most promising cellist still at school (NYOW 2018) and the Sylvia Swiffin Prize for outstanding progress (JRNCM, 2019). His musical hero is cellist and author Steven Isserlis. He has also been inspired by BBC Young Musician 2016, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Sarah Thomas is seventeen years old and from Chorlton in South Manchester. Before her classical training began, Sarah sang in choirs throughout primary and high school, also winning Chorlton Young Musician of the year in 2018. Her classical training began at the age of eleven when she joined the Halle Children's Choir, with whom she sang for two years. Sarah also sang in the Youth Training choir for two years and is now in her third year of singing in the Halle Youth choir. Throughout this time, Sarah has attended Choral Summer Schools as well as the Halle Youth Choir Tour to Barcelona in 2019. Sarah’s individual vocal training began at the age of 14 when she joined the Junior RNCM to study with Jenny Heslop,. Since joining the JRNCM, Sarah has performed in several informal concerts every year, as well as in the annual chamber concert. At college, Sarah studies Music, English Literature, and English Language and hopes to attend conservatoire after finishing her A-levels, to pursue a career as an opera singer.

Jude Smith is a seventeen- year-old tuba player and attends the 6th form at Fallibroome Academy in Macclesfield, where he is studying for A levels in Music, Music Technology and Psychology. Jude has only been playing tuba for about four years, having previously played euphonium from the age of eight. He has attended the Junior RNCM for four years and been lucky enough to have been taught by Les Neish from the beginning. He has been a member of National Youth Orchestra for two years and prior to that, the National Children’s Brass Band of GB. He has played with the Hallé Youth Orchestra for two years and also plays in two Brass Bands. In addition, he conducts a youth brass band in Bollington, Cheshire and intends to apply to a conservatoire next year.

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- Hand sanitising stations on entry and around the venue
- Clearly marked one-way system around the venue
- Socially distanced seating arrangements with predetermined entrance times
- Socially distanced toilet facilities. We ask that customers access the toilet facilities before the concert as re-entrance during the performance may not be possible.

Face Coverings: everyone is expected to wear a face covering unless excused for reasons of age, health or disability.

If you are feeling unwell (or suspect you have coronavirus) please do not attend the concert.

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Please be aware that there will be no bars/refreshment stations open before or after the concert and there is no interval.

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