On Tuesday 25 April at 5:30pm the Purcell community will be treated to a recital by our very own viola teacher, Sarah-Jane Bradley. All are welcome to attend.
‘Sarah-Jane Bradley is that rare kind of viola player who can make you blush with shame for ever having told a viola joke. In her hands the instrument is passionate, eloquent and wide-ranging in its colours and moods. I would happily put this at the top of any list of recommended recording.’
BBC Music Magazine, June 2007 (5* for both performance and sound)
Hear more about Sarah-Jane …
Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1997, Sarah-Jane has established a distinguished international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician.
Sarah-Jane is a pioneer of new works and has premiered and recorded a number of new concertos for solo viola, including those by David Matthews, Paul Patterson and Matthew Taylor. Sarah-Jane has worked as a soloist with the Philharmonia, Halle, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and Northern Sinfonia. Her acclaimed solo recordings include 7 CDs of British viola concertos for Dutton Epoch, and two recital discs for Naxos.
As a former founder member of the Leopold String Trio, Sorrel Quartet and London Soloists Ensemble, she has recorded extensively for Hyperion, Chandos and Naxos. Sarah-Jane is in high demand as a recitalist and chamber musician; she regularly plays in recital with pianist John Lenehan. Her work as a chamber musician has taken her around the world to festivals such as Marlboro and Kuhmo. Sarah-Jane is a founder member of the Rossetti Ensemble and Karolos and regularly works with a number of other chamber groups such as I Musicanti.
Following studies at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Mozarteum Salzburg, Sarah-Jane won many awards. A prizewinner at the 1994 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Sarah-Jane is now on the executive committee of the Competition and was on the jury in 2013. Sarah-Jane teaches viola at the Royal College of Music and The Purcell School, and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.