Artistic Director – 2017 Young Virtuosi Summer Classical Music Festival

 

In July, 2017, Stephanie Childress was the Artistic Director for the Young Virtuosi Summer Classical Music Festival held in the south of France.  This was the 10th consecutive year of the festival and Stephanie has played solo violin and ensemble performances in all previous festivals.  Her role as Artistic Director was to source the musicians and determine the repertoire. This year 9 musicians, including a Baritone and Mezzo-Soprano thrilled audiences in 7 different concert venues in Medieval churches in villages in and around the town of Limoux.  Each concert featured different pieces and ended around 11pm with standing ovations and calls for encores!

Leading the Alison Balsom Baroque Ensemble

In December 2016, Stephanie led the Balsom Ensemble for Alison Balsom’s tour of Germany. Having not previously played the baroque violin, Stephanie learned with Pavlo Beznosiuk in the months running up to the tour and now plans on further pursuing baroque music.

Tour Dates with Alison Balsom Ensemble12.12.2016 Osnabruck
Venue: OsnabruckHalle

13.12.2016 Nuremberg
Venue: Meistersingerhalle Nuremberg

14.12.2016 Hamburg
Venue: Laeiszhalle Hamburg

16.12.2016 Braunschweig
Venue: Stadthalle Braunschweig

17.12.2016 Hannover
Venue: Großer NDR-Sendesaal

18.12.2016 Dusseldorf
Venue: Tonhalle Dusseldorf

20.12.2016  London

Venue: Wigmore Hall

BRASS MUSICAL

BRASS Musical

NYMT – National Youth Music Theatre

In 2016 Stephanie was named as one of the Assistant Music Directors for the National Youth Music Theatre’s 2016 season. She has been heavily involved in coaching singers and ensembles in the 2016 production of Brass. Previously a musician in the company, she felt enormously honoured to have been asked onto the creative team. “Being apart of the creative process has been such an amazing experience. You really feel the work you put in is making a difference since with a new production, you essentially start from scratch. The actors have been so committed and focused, particularly during long vocal sessions which often last well into the night.”

Imperial War Museum Commemorating the Battle of the Somme

Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum

Western Front Violin

Western Front Violin

The Imperial War Museum in London hosted a special evening of World War I songs, cinema and readings to commemorate the night before the epic Battle of the Somme.  Stephanie was given the honour of playing the closing piece on the museum’s Western Front Violin, made following the war from trees growing near the battlefields. She played Apre un Reve, Op 7 by Gariel Faure to an appreciative crowd just before midnight.