Yehudi Menuhin School

Coco & comrades

THU 25 JUNE 2020

Found Season

The School is in Stoke d’Abernon, just seven miles from the Theatre in the Woods. Though it is currently closed, a few students living close by came to perform on stage at the opera house.

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. 75% 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 and Peter Pears.

COCO TOMITA ∙ VIOLIN
accompanied by Svitlana Kosolenko (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 Kosolenko (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 ∙ VIOLIN
Gavotte 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.