UK-based violinist to perform in Harare

HARARE - UK-based violinist Andrew Sherwood and Zimbabwe’s foremost concert pianist, Jeanette Micklem, will present a classical music concert in Harare on Sunday September 2, the latest recital hosted by Celebrity Subscription Concerts.

Sherwood previously performed in Harare when he last visited Zimbabwe to adjudicate at the annual Eisteddfod in April last year. He has returned in 2012 to conduct the National Musicamp, which ran from August 18 to 25, and is also performing for Celebs.

The programme selected for the performance includes Mozart’s Sonata no 37 K379 in G, Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s Sonata, Copland’s Hoe Down from Rodeo, D’Erlanger’s Tarantella, Kreisler’s The Doll’s Waltz and Poliakin’s The Canary.

Sherwood has performed in many parts of the world as conductor and violinist.

Born in Kenya and educated in Zimbabwe, he started the violin as a teenager with the legendary Leo Birsen.

Sherwood then studied violin and composition at the Royal College of Music in London.

For a brief period he taught at the Academy of Music in Bulawayo before returning to Britain where he joined the orchestra at Covent Garden and subsequently free-lanced in many British orchestras and led the Mercury Ensemble for Ballet Rambert.

As a soloist, his performances ranged from London to Eastern Europe, the USA, Far East and Africa.

Teaching has always been an important part of his life and he has been Professor of Violin at Trinity College of Music for about 20 years. Many of his former students are now professional performers.

As a conductor, his acclaim has come from work with orchestras including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra strings and Brighton Youth Orchestra and the BYO String Ensemble many times winners of the National Outstanding Performance Award.

Sherwood is director of choirs for the University of Brighton, director of music youth Orchestras in Brighton and Hove, director of an annual course for young musicians of all standards in Sri Lanka, conductor of Somerset County Youth Orchestra, principal conductor for European Youth Summer Music and has recently returned from South America where he conducted part of this season with the National Youth Orchestra of Chile.

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