THE first concert of the new year has been announced by the Abbotsholme Arts Society.
Young violinist Tasmin Little OBE will be performing in the school chapel at Abbotsholme School, in Rocester, from 8pm on Thursday, January 17 as a new edition to Abbotsholme Arts Society’s programme of events.
Little will be accompanied by John Leneham and the concert has been made possible on account of the generous legacy bequeathed to the society by the late Edward Saunders, a member of the organisation for many years.
The programme for the evening will include classic violin sontas by Beethoven, Brahms and Elgar
Little has played with many of the world’s greatest orchestras in a career that has taken her to every continent. In addition to her regular solo performances, she has played with and directed orchestras such as Royal Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber, European Union Chamber Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia. In 2007/08 she joined the London Mozart Players as soloist and director in a tour of the UK which also featured her UK conducting debut.
Little is an Ambassador for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, is a fellow of the Guildhall of Music and Drama, is president of ESTA (European String Teachers Association), an ambassador for Youth Music, and has received honorary degrees from the Universities of Bradford, Leicester, Hertfordshire and City of London. In June 2012, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List, for services to music.
Tickets cost £20 or £5 under 25s and are available from the Abbotsholme Arts Society box office on 01543 263304.