Nationally acclaimed young musicians return to their roots

Posted by vm64 at May 10, 2011 10:42 AM |
Embrace Arts events showcasing musical talent

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 10 May 2011

Three classical music recitals, on 26 May, 9 June and 23 June, will offer Leicester music lovers a chance to hear some of the UK’s up-and-coming stars.

In its showcase for emerging classical talent, ‘Introducing…’ Embrace Arts, the University of Leicester’s arts centre, is presenting two young classical musicians from Leicester who are already making their mark on the national scene.

Flautist Sarah Atter appears with The Sterling Trio on Thursday 9 June at 6.30pm, with a programme of music by Quantz, Saint-Saëns and Howard Blake.

While The Sterling Trio are becoming known both in London and in arts festivals across the country, Sarah’s first appearances with a flute were at Launde Primary School in Oadby.   She was later principal flute of the Leicestershire Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and a member of the LSSO Quintet.

Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Walker, from Great Glen in Leicestershire, appears on Thursday 23 June at 6.30pm with a performance of Schumann’s ever-popular ‘Frauenliebe und Leben’.  

Kathryn, who played principal clarinet in the Leicestershire Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, now studies voice at the Royal Academy of Music.

The first recital in Embrace Arts’ ‘Introducing…’ series is the pianist Richard Uttley, who will give a recital of music by Chopin, Ravel, Handel and Beethoven on Thursday 26 May at 6.30pm.

Richard has performed in some of the most prestigious halls around the UK from London to Huddersfield, and has won a number of prizes for his playing.

Embrace Arts co-director Louisa Milburn said: “Our aim is to encourage emerging talent, and our ‘Introducing …’ series is an excellent way of providing a platform for the classical stars of tomorrow at the start of their professional performing career.”

All three ‘Introducing …’ concerts take place at Embrace Arts at the Richard Attenborough centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester.

Tickets (£6) are available from Embrace Arts, RA centre, University of Leicester, tel 0116 252 2455, or visit the website Season tickets for the series are also on sale for £15 for all three concerts.

Notes to Editors: More biographical and programme information follows.

Further details are available from Gillian Garratt, Marketing Manager, Embrace Arts, email, tel 07973 188898.

Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough centre, PO Box 138, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA. Box office: 0116 252 2455; e-mail:

Richard Uttley – piano

Thursday 26 May at 6.30pm £6

Chopin: Waltzes, op posth 70; Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales; Handel: Suite no 5 in E, HWV 430; Beethoven: Sonata in A, op101

Although only in his early 20s, Richard has had a glittering career so far, gaining distinctions in his music studies and winning many competitions. 

Most recently he received first prize and the award for best performance of a work written since 1950 at the prestigious Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition. 

Latest solo recital performances include the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Royal Festival Hall and the Wigmore Hall, as well as a broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has also recorded two CDs.

The Sterling Trio

Thursday 9 June at 6.30pm £6

Including works by Quantz, Saint-Saëns and Howard Blake

Formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2006, The Sterling Trio has since established itself as an innovative and engaging chamber ensemble.

Their commitment to new music includes collaborations with several composers, including Howard Blake, whose work is part of the programme for this concert.

As well as formal recitals at such venues as St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Trio enjoys performing at arts festivals and education and community work in schools and hospitals.

Member Sarah Atter began playing the flute at Launde Primary School in Oadby, and was principal flute of the Leicestershire Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and in the LSSO quintet.

Kathryn Walker – mezzo soprano

Thursday 23 June at 6.30pm £6

Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben

Kathryn has performed as a soloist on the concert stage as well as in a number of choirs, including the CBSO Chorus.

A music graduate of the University of Birmingham, her roles have included Tormentilla in the rarely-performed opera ‘The Poisoned Kiss’ by Vaughan Williams.

Kathryn, who is studying voice at the Royal Academy of Music under Sarah Walker, grew up in Great Glen and played principal clarinet in the Leicestershire Schools’ Symphony Orchestra.

Embrace Arts

As the University of Leicester’s arts centre, Embrace Arts offers opportunities to everyone to participate without barriers in ways that challenge and inspire.

Its welcoming 120-seater performance area, art studios, extensive exhibition gallery and bright foyer space enable people to engage with the arts as audiences, performers and learners.

Still one of the few arts venues that can boast a fully-accessible facility, Embrace Arts provides a focal point for cultural life on campus and in the wider community.

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