Festivals, — September 14, 2009 11:36 — 0 Comments

Rebecca Breen: Viola

Despite the fact that all participants in the recent Young Musicians Platform were in their early youth, the Newry Chamber Music Concert this week was up to the usual exceptionally high standards. 

All five young musicians, who have links with Newry if they don’t all actually continue to reside here, excelled themselves in pleasing the home crowd. We were privileged to be present. We will extol them one by one on these pages.


The next Quigley Concert is eight days before Christmas and features not just Joanna and David but an exceptionally talented young soprano, Rebekah Coffey.


Rebecca Breen played viola for us. She lives on Upper Damolly Road and began her early music studies with the SELB Music Service under the tutelage of Mrs Ann Cloughley. She continued her studies at the Royal College of Music London where she won numerous prizes and awards and has studied with the Principals of the London Symphony Orchestra including the violinist Gordon Nikolic at the AIMS Academy, Solsona, Spain.


In July 2009 Rebecca was awarded a BMusc degree with honours, graduating with the highest mark for viola. Since graduation Rebecca has been an associate tutor with the Ulster Youth Orchestra and is a founding member of ‘Joupartout’, a new chamber music festival in the Dordogne Valley of France. 


She has worked as guest principal viola for the Belmont Ensemble London and had been invited by the Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmona Orchestra to play in their ‘Vienna: City of Dreams‘ series. 


Rebecca is now entering on a Masters course at the Royal College of Music London with Professor Viytovych and the distinguished viola soloist Laurence Power.


We wish her well. 



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