Virginia has given numerous masterclasses and performance classes for specialist music academies, universities, schools and conservatories around the world. It is a particular joy to be able to nurture rising musicians and to pass on the expertise and knowledge she has accumulated and honed during her distinguished career.
What Virginia offers to teaching institutions and to aspiring musicians at all levels
Masterclass sessions can be a revelation to aspiring musicians of all ages and abilities and rapid progress can be made within individual sessions, where Virginia’s vast experience across a complete cross section of students can be focussed on the individual. They range from instrument or ensemble performance and general musicianship, to examination of the interpretation and techniques related to specific works.
Her work is not confined to the keyboard. Virginia is experienced in working with students across the musical spectrum. She has extensive non-instrument specific expertise connected with performance, presentation, musicianship, practice methods and improvement, musical interpretation and career development.
Sessions are never generalist, but are always tailored to specific requirements, age groups and abilities and range from one-off sessions, such as masterclasses, to Artist in Residence for an agreed period, encompassing a melange of academic sessions and musicianship.
As a senior international examiner for the ABRSM, an examination Board recognised worldwide for its music examination regime, Virginia examined candidates of all ages, for all instruments and at all grade levels. She also trained and moderated examiners themselves. This has given her an enormous spread of experience at all levels of musical achievement and an insight into what can be expected, and corrected through troubleshooting, across a widely diverse group of developing musicians.
Some examples of Virginia’s recent engagements
Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham, England
Cheltenham is one of the top academic private secondary level schools in the UK (ages 12 – 18), with an enviable reputation for the excellence of its music teaching and achievement. Virginia judged the annual school competitive prizes in all categories of instrument, and at all levels, and gave public masterclasses to selected students.
Royal Academy of Music, London, Performance Classes
Laura Tivendale, past undergraduate student, RAM
Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, Monash Univ, Melbourne, Australia
Virginia took the professorial chamber music workshop, consisting of such diverse performances as a piano duet, trumpet and vocal duo and a string quartet. The class emphasis was on performance and musical interpretation in a recital context. On the same visit, Virginia also gave the annual mother’s day concert at the performing arts centre, for students, friends and by public entry.
Wesley College, Perth, Australia
Appointed ‘Artist in Residence’ for a week, giving master classes at all levels for talented music students, a lecture on works by Debussy, tutorials on ‘practice’ and performance, and gave evening concerts for parents and friends of the college.
Stephanie Nicholls, Director of Piano and Keyboards
Sherborne School, Dorset, England
Winner of ‘Best Public School of The Year’ at the Tatler Schools Awards 2017/18.
Ana Manera, Head of Keyboard