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Woodham set for Classics

By Kediesha Perry
Observer writer

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Though he has appeared several times on the concert series, acclaimed violinist Steven Woodham is gearing up to provide a refreshing set at Classics in June this evening.

“I feel honoured to be invited again to perform at the Classics in June concert season. I will be performing chamber music on the viola, collaborating with fellow musician Mickel Gordon on piano. I may be considered one of the old regulars having played on quite a few seasons (perhaps five times),” he told the Jamaica Observer.

The 15th staging of Classics in June is being held under the patronage of Denys Wibaux, Ambassador of France to Jamaica, and his wife Angelique. The event will be held at The Chapel, University of the West Indies in St Andrew starting at 5:00 pm. Proceeds will be in aid of the National Children's Home and other Soroptimist charities for children at risk.

Woodham started his career in 1986, and is currently a full-time performer and teacher at the Immaculate Conception High School Symphony Orchestra.

“I started my musical career with Miss Noel Foster-Davis. After graduating from Wolmer's, I went to the famous Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. There I studied violin performance and music education. I did my post-graduate studies at Boston Conservatory of Music, USA. I have also had the opportunity to attend a number of international summer music programmes and festivals throughout the world,” he said.

For him there has been a growing demand for classical music in Jamaica.

“There has been significan't growth in terms of the number of students studying classical music and, in particular, stringed instruments such as violas, cellos and double basses…We have seen and documented the positive results of music education and its impact on creativity, cognition and most importantly, socialisation,” he said.

Woodham has performed within the Caribbean, the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, China, and South Africa.

There is, however, a minute difference between local and international appearances.

“Most, if not all, of my performances in Jamaica have been for charitable causes,” he said.

Th evening's performances will also include Japanese musicologist Yuko Akoi on piano, Archie Dunkley on piano, Shawn Richards on guitar, Stephen Shaw-Naar on piano and voice, and Gabriel Walters on violin. Vocalists will be Dawn Fuller-Phillips, June Lawson, Nomali Lumsden, and Santorini Degli Archangeli. The Accel String Quartet and the Church of the Ascension Handbell Choir are also slated to perform.


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