New Purcell Patron

It was with great pleasure that on 4th January 2024 we announced world-renowned violinist, conductor and arranger Dmitry Sitkovetsky as Purcell’s newest Patron.

Dmitry Sitkovetsky holds a venerable position in musical society, having made a compelling impact on every aspect of musical life throughout his career of over four decades. He is a prolific recording artist and globally celebrated violinist and conductor, who is further heralded as a musical creator, transcriber, facilitator and educator of note. He joins a prestigious cohort of Patrons including former HRH Prince of Wales (Royal Patron since March 1985), Sir Simon Rattle (President), Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis CBE, Evgeny Kissin, Donatella Flick, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa DBE and Julian Lloyd Webber OBE.

Of his new appointment, Sitkovetsky says: “It is with great joy and enthusiasm that I accept this wonderful honour to be a new Patron of The Purcell School. It marks a new chapter in my professional life – a chance to share my good fortune of having grown up with the giants of the music world, with the most exciting young talents at the best music school in the UK”.

Purcell’s Principal Paul Bambrough further commented that: “It is a tremendous privilege to welcome Dmitry Sitkovetsky as the School’s newest patron. It is thrilling to have the opportunity to build a meaningful and lasting relationship with a musician of such international renown and astonishing talent. Dmitry‘s recent visit to the school left a profound and lasting impression on all of us and I know that both current and future students will benefit from Dmitry‘s profound wisdom and experience. Our String department is one of the finest of its kind anywhere in the world and to be supported and guided by a violinist of such significance and distinction will only inspire and encourage our young players to even greater heights”.

The press release is available to read in full here.


Purcell Pianist International Competition News

In December the 11th César Franck International Piano Competition was held in Brussels where Year 12 pianist Phoebe was awarded First Prize! She is honoured to be invited to return to Brussels in April to perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 in the Gala Concert.

Over the New Year Phoebe was also invited as one of 11 pianists to join the exclusive Feuerwerk Piano Academy and Concert Tour in Germany. She took part in six recitals over six days, performing to sold out concert halls in Hannover, Northeim, Einbeck and the historic Dr. Barner Clinic in Braunlage. Phoebe also had the opportunity to attend career talks, make recordings in a Hannover studio and gave masterclasses to children from the local music school in Einbeck.

Phoebe studies at Purcell under Caterina Grewe.

Heartfelt congratulations to Phoebe! All at Purcell are hugely proud of and for you.