Old Giggleswickians perform back where it all began
Friday 7 Apr 2017
As Giggleswick School celebrates forty years of co-education, two former girls returned to Giggleswick and performed on home turf once again.
On Saturday 29 April, Katie Stables (Viola) returned to the magnificent setting of Giggleswick School Chapel as part of the New World String Trio. Katie joined Giggleswick at the age of 12 under the tutelage of Jim and Suzanne Swainson before moving onto Chethams and the Royal Northern College of Music. Since then Katie has played with a myriad of professional orchestras including Scottish Ballet, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Opera North and the Royal Philharmonic. She was joined for this late spring concert by Andrew Long (Violin) and Zoe Long (Cello) as they gave performances of works by Schubert, Beethoven and Mozart.
On Saturday 10 June, Sarah Fox (Soprano) returned to Giggleswick and performed at St Alkelda’s Church as part of the Voices of Craven festival, in her own concert; Sarah Fox and Friends. Sarah was educated at Giggleswick before going on to study at London University and the Royal College of Music. She now sings in some of the most well-known venues and festivals including Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, the BBC Proms and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. For this one off performance, Sarah was joined by Royal Opera House regular Graeme Danby (Bass), Valerie Reid (Mezzo) and Austin Gunn (Tenor).
“Music is an important part of any well-rounded education, from those who excel to those who just ‘have a go’” says Mike Offland, manager of the Richard Whiteley Theatre. “It is always extra special when Old Giggleswickians are so keen to return and give something back not only to our current musicians but also the wider community. This is why initiatives such as Voices of Craven are so important”. Jane Rice-Bowen the festival director and herself an Old Giggleswickian goes on to explain that: “Voices of Craven aims to use music to promote rural regeneration and combat the isolation that is sometimes felt in the Yorkshire Dales, by providing high quality and professional music events (Bibi Heal, Maddy Prior and the amazing Gospel Touch are all on the bill), in community venues at affordable prices. This all culminates in a finale event with professional singers and community choirs coming together in the beautiful chapel at Giggleswick School.”