Royal College of Music Strings

Saturday 12th May 2018

RCM mageThe RCM Strings under Mark Messenger make a welcome return. The concert includes repertoire from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and following the interval, works by later composers celebrating that golden age. Advanced students from the town's two secondary schools will join the RCM Strings in the Concerto Grosso.

The Royal College of Music is ranked as the Top Conservatory for the Performing Arts in the UK and second in the world  (QS  -  World University Rankings 2017)
Apart from training many world famous artists, it was the college where most of the important British composers studied, including Holst,. Bliss, Bridge, Vaughan Williams and Britten.

Vivaldi. Double Concerto in A minor RV522
Bach. Violin Concerto in E major BWv1042
Mozart. Divertimento in D major K136
Vaughan Williams. Concerto Grosso
Tchaikovsky. Serenade for Strings

Mark Messenger

Mark messenger3At the age of sixteen, Mark Messenger was awarded a scholarship to study violin at the Royal Academy of Music under David Martin and Sidney Griller. Three years later he made his Wigmore Hall debut. He has since played as soloist and chamber musician in all of London’s major concert halls and throughout the world, appearing in many national and international festivals. He has broadcast many times on television and radio, and has recorded for six labels.

For eight years he was a member of the Bingham String Quartet, which championed the cause of contemporary music through its adventurous commissioning and performance programme. Currently he is a member of the internationally renowned Bochmann String Quartet with whom he has a busy international concert and recording schedule. He is also much in demand as a solo recitalist as well as leader of the European Chamber Opera and Docklands Sinfonietta.

At the age of seventeen, he was appointed violin professor at Goldsmiths College. For four years from 1993 he was director of Chamber Music at the Aberystwyth International Summer Music Festival and was influential in the development of educational policies for orchestras through his work with the English Symphony Orchestra where he was Education Projects Manager. In 1999, he initiated the Essex String Orchestras project, a raft of string ensembles at all levels designed to re-invigorate string playing within the county. He has also been a consultant on music education policies for the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and for Colchester Borough Council. He also has much practical outreach experience, not only through the education programmes with the Bochmann and Bingham string quartets, but also through his conducting work for many youth orchestras throughout the country including the Essex, Goldsmiths, E.S.O. and Brighton Youth Orchestras. In 2001 he was appointed conductor of the Essex Young People’s Orchestra.