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Menuhin Competition London celebrates centenary

London the place to celebrate classical music in April.

Menuhin Competition

The classical music world will shine on London in April 2016 as it celebrates Yehudi Menuhin’s Centenary, with the Menuhin Competition London 2016’s 11-day Festival (Thursday 7th April 2016 – Sunday 17th April 2016) celebrating all things Menuhin!

The host city of London will be filled with world class music over the Competition’s 11-day Festival with major concerts from some of the capital’s best orchestras, a host of internationally acclaimed soloists, world premieres, exhibitions, family concerts (Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead – a real whodunnit of the orchestra! 16/4), masterclasses and outreach programmes. The 44 young competitors come from across the Globe to compete in the world’s most famous classical violin competition – known as the Violin Olympics.

Three new compositions will have their world premieres during the 11-day Festival. John Rutter composes his first work for violin, with choir and string orchestra, to be premiered at the intimate Temple Church 14/4. Roxanna Panufnik, god-daughter to Yehudi’s daughter (Zamira), will compose a new work for solo violin inspired by Menuhin’s love of Eastern European gypsy music, premiering at the Opening Concert at the Royal Festival Hall 7/4. The third new composition will be composed by Spanish composer Oscar Colomina I Bosch, a young teacher at both the Menuhin School and Royal Academy of Music, whose new work will be played by the Junior Finalists 14/4. All three composers had close connections with Yehudi Menuhin, so it is particularly poignant that their works will premiere during these Centenary celebrations.

The Opening Concert 7/4 at the Royal Festival Hall, stars four former winners of the Menuhin Competition, who are now all internationally acclaimed violinists in their own right: Tasmin Little, Ray Chen, Jiafeng Chen and teenager Rennosuke Fukuda with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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