Talented star returns home

Buxton's Katrina Brown
Buxton's Katrina Brown

ONE OF Buxton’s most talented young musicians is returning home from Switzerland to play Walton’s Viola concerto with the High Peak Orchestra at this year’s Buxton Festival Fringe.

Katrina Brown is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Performance as a scholarship student under Genevieve Strosser at Basel Hochschule fur Musik in Switzerland, where she has a further two years of study ahead of her.

Katrina began studying the violin with her mother at the age of six but, three years later, was won over by the tone of the viola. At 12 she was one of the youngest members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, where she played for five years.

Now a viola convert she enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music, having fortnightly lessons in London. In September she received her Bachelor of Music with first class honours from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). Katrina has won scholarships from the Academy and the RNCM. She received the Charles Halle award which gave her the privilege of playing as a substitute with the outstanding Halle Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Katrina has performed in numerous festivals all over Europe. Most memorable is her performance with Are Sandbakken from the Oslo String Quartet in Oslo, performing the Brahms sextets.

She has appeared with many orchestras and ensembles including the Norwegian Baroque Ensemble, Bergen Symphony Orchestra and Halle Orchestra. She has played principle viola in RNCM and NMH Symphony Orchestras with Sinfonia CYMRU and the Pro Orchestra, Basel.

Katrina’s most recent highlights were performing Heinz Hollinger’s Concerto in Basel under the baton of Hollinger himself. In March she played Mozart’s Concertante with the Pro Orchestra of Basel.

Other works in the programme will be the popular Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, and Sibelius’ First Symphony. The orchestra will be conducted as usual by Andrew Hodkinson.

The performance will take place on July 16 at 7.30pm in the Church of St John the Baptist, St John’s Road, Buxton. The charity supported will be Buxton Mountain Rescue.

Tickets, which can be bought at the door, are £9, concessions £7, accompanied children free.