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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Viola Class

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has a firmly established reputation for its outstanding viola
department, partly due to its close links with the British and International Viola Societies. In 2014,
the inaugural Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and Festival took place in
Birmingham, thrusting the conservatoire into the spotlight of the viola world. The second CAIVC
took place in November 2017 attracting worldwide entrants, audiences and media attention.
The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Viola Ensemble itself is made up of senior students and is
known for devising and carrying out adventurous projects. In 2014, the ensemble travelled to
Porto for the 42nd IVC hosted by the Portuguese Viola Society to perform an hour-long recital of
British Viola Ensemble music including three World Premieres. The IVC in Cremona also featured
the Ensemble performing the first 17 caprices by Campagnoli alongside three ensemble concerts.
They also attended the 2013 and 2016 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and
Workshops on the Isle of Man.
What links all the members of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Viola Department are two things;
a passion for their instrument and a desire to learn. Education is at the heart of all that they do
including running an ambitious outreach project entitled ARCO which is in collaboration with the
Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music - a music school in Soweto, South Africa. The project provides
regular distance learning opportunities for selected string students in South Africa with the RBC
viola staff and students curating an annual festival in Soweto.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire viola class, led by Louise Lansdown and Lucy Nolan:
Maria Antunes, Emily Bogiatjis, Madelaine Carroll-McArdle, Eleanor Chapman, Yuxin Chen, Emily Dore, Nicholas Fidler, Toby Holden, Matthew Johnstone, Qiuhan (Kate) Kang, Aimee Lucas, Mabon Llyr Rhyd, Lynn Rudolph, Alistair Rutherford, Rebecca Stubbs, Peter Whitehead, Yue Yu