Music Masterclasses at Kent College with Former Leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra

Students and staff at Kent College, Pembury were delighted to welcome distinguished violinist Cynthia Fleming for a day of music masterclasses on Saturday 29th November. Cynthia worked with some of the school’s most advanced string students, putting them through their paces in front of a small, invited audience of staff, parents and fellow students.

Cynthia has enjoyed a versatile international career as a violinist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She joined the BBC Concert Orchestra in 1982 and subsequently became Leader in 2003. Before her retirement earlier this year, she performed and broadcast a huge range of violin solos with the Concert Orchestra, featuring regularly at the BBC Proms. She has also appeared as Guest Leader for numerous orchestra including the Halle and RTE Orchestra.

Over the past 15 years, Cynthia has become well known in Kent for her role as Leader of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared with the orchestra as a soloist in 2001 and 2007, performing Classic masterpieces including The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams. Cynthia also acts as a specialist coach for the string section of the RTWSO, providing unique insights into the interpretation of the standard orchestral repertoire, demonstrating playing techniques and helping the musicians to maintain a high standard of playing for the benefit of local audiences.

Kent College is a leading HMC independent day and boarding school for girls which offer students a high level academic education, constantly expanding its range of enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities to ensure that students are engaged and challenged. Guest tutors in the past have included violinists Penelope Howard and Savitri Grier, and pianist Nigel Clayton.

Music plays an important part in the life of Kent College, thriving as an academic subject, as a major co-curricular activity and as an integral part of productions staged in the Countess of Wessex Theatre. The department is housed in an attractive, modern, purpose-built centre and is an active, happy place where musical talent thrives under the direction of three full-time and fourteen visiting music staff. Kent College students regularly continue their musical studies beyond school, with a number attending Russell Group Universities, including a recent student’s choral scholarship for Cambridge University.

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