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Michael Bochmann to perform Beethoven Violin Concerto with Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 at 7.30pm

Venue: Alington Hall, Shrewsbury School

Michael Bochmann

Brought up in Turkey and England, Michael Bochmann has been well known in British musical life for several decades.


He has performed in the USA, all over Europe and in India. While still a student Michael was a finalist and winner of the British Prize in the 1972 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. A year later, he was a prizewinner in the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris. At only 19, he made his first solo broadcasts for the BBC.


During his time as a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London  he was a pupil of the famous teacher Frederick Grinke. Later he received lessons from Sándor Végh and Henryk Szeryng. In February 1990 Michael partnered Sir Yehudi Menuhin in the Bach Double Violin Concerto in a most successful tour of 16 concerts throughout the USA and Canada.


His appearances as a soloist throughout Britain have taken him to major concert venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. James's Palace, London; Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester Cathedrals; Tewkesbury Abbey in the Three Choirs Festival; Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.


He frequently directs the English String Orchestra and has performed as soloist with them many times in the UK and abroad. His recording of “The Lark Ascending” by Vaughan Williams with the ESO on the Nimbus label has been broadcast many times on Radio 3 and Classic FM. He formed the Bochmann Quartet in 1977 with which he made over 50 broadcasts within their first 10 years. He has an immensely successful duo partnership with the harpist, David Watkins. Their recent CD ‘Sacred and Profane” is a favourite on Classic FM. Michael performs with several pianists, most recently making a recording of short pieces “Rondino I” with Michael Blackmore.


He is very active as a teacher and is a professor of violin and chamber music at Trinity College of Music in London. He also gives private lessons, master classes and residential courses at his home in Gloucestershire. He recently he visited Portugal, Turkey, Mexico and Germany to teach and play. This season he is performing in France, Italy and S. Africa.

Review of our concert with Sam Pearce at Shrewsbury Abbey


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Sam Pearce

Sam Pearce - Horn Soloist

Horn Soloist - Sam Pearce

Sam Pearce studied the french horn at the Royal College of Music under Julian Baker, Simon Rayner and Timothy Jones. Since his graduation in 2010 he has enjoyed a varied career as a freelance musician, performing with many leading British orchestras. He is the principal horn of the Orchestra of St. Paul's, the Orpheus Sinfonia, and has appeared on many occasions with the Philharmonia Orchestra (as both third horn and guest principal), the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Aurora Orchestra. He can also be heard on the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise film 'Edge of Tomorrow', currently showing in cinemas worldwide.

Sam is a founding member of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning ensemble Oompah Brass, with whom he regularly performs across the UK and Europe. In June 2012, along with Oompah Brass winning first prize, he was awarded the 'best instrumentalist' title at the Haizetara International Street Band Competition in Bilbao, Spain

Review of our Russian concert at Shrewsbury Abbey


Our latest concert review by Bob Wysome is now published in our reviews section:


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John Moore

Review of our 125th Anniversary Concert with Tasmin Little


Our latest concert review by Bob Wysome is now published in our reviews section:


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Tasmin Little

Photo: Benjamin Ealovega