World-renowned violinist to lead master-class

INTERNATIONAL violin virtuoso Tasmin Little will be coming to Thurrock in the New Year, working with some of the borough’s young, talented string players.

Invited by Thurrock Music Service – lead partner of the Thurrock Music Education hub (grant-funded through Arts Council England) – she will be leading master-classes in the afternoon and a concert in the evening at the Thameside theatre in Grays.

Tasmin has played with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia.

As well as performing she has been artistic director for several festivals including the Delius Inspired and Spring Sounds events which were broadcast on Radio 3

Tasmin is an Ambassador for the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts and has a keen interest in music education.

Cllr Oliver Gerrish, Thurrock Council portfolio holder for education, said: “I’d like to congratulate the music team on their success in persuading such a world-renowned performer to work with our talented young people.

“The aim of the new Thurrock Music Education Hub is to bring the highest possible standard of music engagement to the young people of this area and we are certainly doing that.

“Ms Little will be taking an ensemble master-class for students in the hub and some solo master-classes for a small number who have shown particular commitment and shown potential to develop into exceptional musicians.

“I am looking forward to the time when today’s Thurrock music students will be travelling the country offering master-classes of their own.”

The concert at the Thameside Theatre is at 7pm on Saturday, 12 January and is open to the public. Tickets, at £8, are available from the Thameside box office 0845 300 5264.

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