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Yehudi Menuhin School

Coco & comrades

THU 2 JULY 2020

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We are delighted to welcome these exceptional instrumentalists to the opera house stage for this Found Season. The School is in Stoke d’Abernon, just seven miles from the Theatre in the Woods and is currently closed. However, a few students are staying nearby.

Founded in 1963 by Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999), the School provides a holistic musical and academic education for around 85 musically gifted boys and girls aged 8 –19 on stringed instruments, piano and classical guitar. The admission process is ‘needs-blind’: parents are charged fees in accordance with their ability to pay. 90% of pupils are supported by bursaries.

Besides the school’s proximity to the new opera house, there is another connection to Grange Park Opera. Founder / CEO Wasfi Kani worked for Menuhin as his librarian in London (1972-1982) and for the summer of 1976 was a maid at Chalet Menuhin, Gstaad where guests included Paul Tortelier, Peter Pears and Zamira Menuhin with her husband Jonathan Benthall. 

COCO TOMITA ∙ VIOLIN
accompanied by Svitlana Kosenko (staff pianist)
Carmen Fantasy Hubay

Coco won the Strings Section of the 2020 BBC Young Musician of the Year, broadcast on 31 May

COCO & YUME TOMITA ∙ VIOLINS
Duos Bartok

Yume is Coco’s younger sister and also a pupil at YMS

CLAIRE WANG ∙ PIANO
Romeo and Juliet (excerpts) Prokofiev

12 year old Claire is a pupil of Ruth Nye

ALASDAIR HOWELL ∙ PIANO
French Suite (excerpts) Bach

Alasdair was three when he started playing piano and also plays the violin. He enjoys cycling.

KINGSLEY LIN ∙ VIOLIN
accompanied by Svitlana Kosenko (staff pianist)
Tzigane Ravel

Kingsley is a real all-rounder; superb on violin and piano and about to go to Vienna to study conducting

LAURA LIN ∙ CELLO
KINGSLEY LIN ∙ PIANO
Polonaise Op 14  Popper

Laura is Kingley’s little sister; also at YMS

DANIIL MARGULIS ∙ DOUBLE BASS
Waltz Dragonetti

Daniil has been holed up in Surrey far from home throughout lockdown . . . with his double bass.

Zamira Menuhin’s
Picnic Menu

– Cold asparagus
– Salmon mousse or filleted side of salmon
– Lots of most delicious bread
– My cucumber salad (very thin slices of cucumber leave peel on and sprinkle a little salt to remove water)
Meanwhile peel lots of garlic and squeeze into a bowl of plain Greek yoghurt with a little best olive oil and salt to taste if needed.
Mix everything up and place it in the fridge
– A selection of cheeses
– Lots of wine

If you are a deux and in love, the wine and cheese and bread in a corner of the garden is perfect!

Picnic