Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Sophie Rosa


Sophie Rosa stars in Sandbach Concert Series October Concert

On Wednesday 30th October, Sandbach concert-goers made their way to St Mary’s Church Hall for an evening of outstanding performances, by both virtuoso violinist Sophie Rosa as well as the talented young musicians from the local areas.
The evening started with a Spotlight Concert with an interesting non purposeful spin that all the young performers were female, from local areas of Sandbach, Congleton and Shavington. The standard that the girls set was extremely high, and I’m sure that anyone who heard them play would agree. The instruments played in the spotlight concert included violin and clarinet.

During the interval artwork was displayed by a young local artist Alex Robinson whose work is available to view online at: alexrobinsonphotography2.weebly.com.
After the interval, the concert commenced with virtuoso violinist: Sophie Rosa. Originally from Cheshire, Sophie is rapidly emerging as one of the UK's most exciting young violinists having won ‘Audience Prize in the prestigious 2nd Manchester International Violin Competition where she performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and was recorded for Classic FM Radio Station. Sophie was the First Prize winner of the Lions European Youth Competition in 2008 and was a strings finalist of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006.

During her performance, Sophie’s repertoire included:
·         Beethoven Sonata no 8 in G major opus 30 no.3
·         Allegro Assai, Tempo di minuetto ma molto moderato, Allegro Vivace                                               
·         Frank Violin Sonata in A major
·         Allegretto be moderato, Allegro-Quasi lento- Tempo 1 (Allegro), Recitativo-Fantasia (ben moderato-largamente), Allegretto poco mosso                                         
·         Dvorak Songs My Mother Taught Me arr Kreisler                                  
·         Wieniawski Polonaise no.1 in D major

Her accompanist: Benjamin Powell is also a very established musician. He has performed across the UK and Europe in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings, Britten Studio and Bridgewater Hall. Benjamin was the winner of the British Contemporary Piano Competition 2010.
Together the duo entertained the audience with a range of music from the violin and piano repertoire performed with true musicianship and enthusiasm. It was a concert enjoyed by all. 

See the website www.sandbachconcertseries.com for our latest concert information.

By Laura Stubbs