Rising Stars 2008
Debbie Rothwell (right) was born in Manchester in 1991 and started playing the violin at the age of six with Josephine Gillett-Smith in Gloucester. She attended the Junior Department of the Birmingham Conservatoire from the age of nine where she was taught by Shamil Rashidov, and passed her Grade 8 ABRSM with Distinction shortly after her eleventh birthday. She was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra in 2002 and 2003, and has been a member of the CBSO Youth Orchestra since 2004. Three years ago she left the conservatoire and began having lessons with Roger Coull of the Coull Quartet, and for the past two years she has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra, which she has enjoyed enormously. This has taken her to venues such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Barbican, Birmingham Symphony Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms. For seven years now she has received the generous support of the Benslow Trust, from which she has borrowed a succession of violins of increasing size! The violin which she is playing today is a Lelio Cavalli made in 1923 in Cremona. Debbie has recently been awarded her DipABRSM. At school she loves playing in a quartet which includes her sister Lydia, and Grace Burns, another soloist here today. Her favourite composers are Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, and in her spare time she enjoys reading, shopping, and playing the drums and piano.
Grace Burns (left) was born in 1991. She began playing the violin aged 5, and was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra from the age of 8. Grace started to play the double bass aged 10, so her parents bought a bigger car and developed muscles. Since moving to Warwick in 2002, Grace has been a member of the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department, where she studies violin with David Joyce, and double bass with Tom Millar. She is now a member of the CBSO Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra, as well as participating in many musical activities at King’s High School and Warwick School, including playing in the pit band for a production of Les Miserables. She is currently in the lower 6th studying for her AS levels in English Literature, Music, Politics, and Religious Studies
Eric Brookes (top) is a 17 year old student at Matthew Boulton College in Birmingham, studying BTEC National Diploma in Music Practice/Performance. At the age of 7, having learnt the violin for two weeks, Eric started learning the Trumpet with teacher John Lucas, then going on to learn with Bob Miles and now studies with the director of the Birmingham Schools' Brass Band, James Cunningham.
Eric is working towards his Grade 8 exam and preparing for applications to Music Colleges, where he wishes to continue his studies of the Trumpet and Classical Music, while keeping an interest in all the genres he listens to, namely Heavy Metal, Jazz, Hip Hop/Rap and Drum n Bass.
While his first instrument is the Trumpet, Eric took up the Drums at the age of 11 and also plays the Guitar. He wastes no effort that he puts into practising his instruments, and is a member of three central Birmingham Schools' Ensembles; Birmingham Schools' Concert Orchestra, Birmingham Schools' Brass Band and Birmingham Schools' Jazz Ensemble, and is also powerhouse on drums in two heavy metal bands, 'Recoil' and 'Failed Angels', both of which he plays in with friends.
Eric performs with all these groups, most noticeably with the Birmingham Schools' Ensembles, taking part in concerts at the Adrian Boult Hall, the newly refurbished Birmingham Town Hall, and also two years ago, at the ICC alongside players from the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
In his spare time, or what's left of it, Eric has started to teach the Trumpet. He also thoroughly enjoys going to CBSO Concerts, Heavy Metal Gigs and continuing his five years of Kick Boxing training.
Sunday 20 April 2008
Arden School, Knowle
Eric Brookes (trumpet)
Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto
Rising Stars 2009