Home is where the heart is. If music is the food
of love, then it should be savoured in the comfort of one's home.
11:30 am for Noon start
The Winter Solstice Concert
in St. Andrews, Scotland, Claire Wilkins studied the cello with Anna Shuttleworth
of the Royal College of Music, gaining an ALCM diploma at the age of 16. She has
performed solos in London at St John Smith's Square and has played in orchestras
all over the UK and in Paris and Hamburg.
Claire worked for EMI Classics
for three years, promoting artists such as Sir Simon Rattle and Nigel Kennedy
as well as putting together compilation discs of "greats" such as Maria Callas
and Jacqueline Du Pré. She now works as a freelance public relations consultant
for local councils and arts organisations.
viola and violin
Neville started playing the violin at the age of four and had lessons with Howard
Davis from the Alberni String Quartet. In his early teens, he migrated to the
viola and played with the National Youth Orchestra for two years.
is a full-time peripatetic violin and viola teacher. He holds a MA in Sound Engineering
and has made freelance recordings for BBC Radio 3 and numerous London ensembles.
He also conducts the London Pharmaceutical Chamber Orchestra and has performed
in France, Spain and Scandinavia.
a diploma in electronics, Robert Bekkers attended the Conservatory of Maastricht
where he obtained his teaching and performance degrees in classical guitar.
is versatile in classical, flamenco, jazz and other styles. While accompanying
flamenco dance classes, Robert formed the group "IMPETU", mixing flamenco and
classical music. He has also played with the group Serenata Mexicana, toured with
the Amstel Guitar Quartet and performed with the internationally known flute player
Berdien Stenberg. In recent years, Robert has focussed on performing his own compositions
and arrangements in a variety of settings both as a soloist and with the violinist
Mira Roos in Duo Magenta. In addition to a demanding performance schedule, Robert
has more than sixty guitar students in the Netherlands.
in Brunei of Chinese parents, Anne Ku began taking piano lessons at age eight
in Okinawa. Her love of sightreading brought her a succession of roles as page
turner, choir accompanist, chief organist, musical production rehearsal pianist,
contract party pianist, band keyboardist, and piano teacher all as a teenager.
In 2001, Anne started a programme of home concerts in London to introduce
her music to local audiences. In 2002, she released her first CD "In Pursuit of
Flexibility" containing 80 minutes of her original piano solo compositions and
arrangements. She pursues "flexibility" as a cocktail pianist, piano teacher,
freelance writer, webmaster, and author of a forthcoming book.