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!
Under the auspices of the Cambridge University Opera Society, Stephanie Childress will be directing and conducting the modern comic opera “A Dinner Engagement” by Lennox Berkeley at Fitzpatrick Hall, Queens College, Cambridge University on 24 June, 2017 with performances at 1pm and 8pm. Tickets can be obtained from www.cuos.co.uk.
Stephanie Childress is interviewed in the first Cambridge University Varsity Magazine video about her roles as a violinist and conductor.
On the 26th, 27th and 28th of January, 2017, Stephanie Childress will be conducting the Benjamin Britten opera, The Rape of Lucretia at St. John’s College, Cambridge Univeristy with an all student orchestra and opera singers. She is both Musical Director and Conductor for this first ever St. John’s opera production.
To read a review of the St. John’s College Music Society production of The Rape of Lucretia, click here.
The happy, and exhausted cast at the end of their three day run:
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 Ensemble
Venue: Meistersingerhalle Nuremberg
Venue: Laeiszhalle Hamburg
Venue: Stadthalle Braunschweig
Venue: Großer NDR-Sendesaal
Venue: Tonhalle Dusseldorf
Venue: Wigmore Hall
The AJAC Trio was formed in 2015. Named after AJAC in the south of France where they first performed at the Young Virtuosi Festival.
Stephanie Childress (violin), Matt Glendening (clarinet) and Kumi Matsuo (piano) are all prizewinners as soloists and enjoy performing throughout the UK and France as the AJAC Trio.
In September 2016, The AJAC Trio had a successful recital at The HopBarn and is excited to return with their new repertoire on the 9th of September 2017.
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
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.
House of Lords
After having completed her A levels in Music, Russian and French, Stephanie was surprised to have been awarded the CIFE Award for Linguistics due to her A* grades and general commitment to improving her language skills (which included living in Russia for nearly a month at a time). The CIFE awards aim to highlight the skills of students studying in independent sixth form colleges and Stephanie was one of hundreds to be considered for such prizes, with only a handful of recipients. The award ceremony took place in April in the House of Lords.