Melford Music Recital at Holy Trinity

Date: 24th August 2022

Time: 1:10pm - 2:00pm



ANNA HOPKINS                 flute

KAREN VERRACHIA             clarinet

SYLVIA NEWTON                bassoon


Works will include MOZART and BERNSTEIN


Anna Hopkins is a freelance flautist, living near Norwich.  Having studied for 4 years at the Royal College of Music, and then studied for 10 years with Jonathon Snowden. She freelanced in the London area as an orchestral musician and soloist as well as playing for shows and musicals. Anna also worked with several chamber groups and performed at various venues including historic houses, churches, Savoy Hotel, BBC Good Food Show (Olympia).   Since moving to Norfolk Anna performs regularly with various chamber ensembles as well as solo recitals, and is often a guest soloist with choral societies. She has performed at venues throughout the country, in recital series, including St Martin-in-the-Fields (London), St Georges (Hanover Square),Southwark Cathedral, King of Hearts (Norwich) St Peter Mancroft (Norwich),Aylsham music, as well as at various music festivals. Anna is co principal with the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and principal with the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra.   Anna also teaches flute and is an examiner for Trinity College London, a career that takes her across the country and abroad.

Karen Verrachia started off like many children do, on the recorder and won her first competition between Norfolk school children at the age of 7. She went on to start learning the clarinet at the age of 9.
At 18, Karen joined the Army, having auditioned for a place in the Staff Band of the Women
s Royal Army Corps which at that time, was the only all womens military band in Europe.  Here she stayed for 6 years during which time she had the privilege of spending a year at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, and played with some of the finest musicians in the Army, RAF and Marines all over the UK and abroad, including Hong Kong, Cyprus and Germany.   Karen has been principal clarinet of the Norfolk Symphony orchestra for a number of years and has enjoyed broadening her horizon of orchestral music. She has had some great opportunities with them to play solos and ensembles.   Her other musical love is playing alto saxophone and clarinet with the Galaxy Big Band, a traditional 40s style big band based in Newmarket.

Sylvia Newton started playing the bassoon when she was 12 and played in school, then area and county youth orchestras and bands. She went on to do a Music degree in Cambridge where she studied with Ian Cuthill, one of the country
s busiest professional bassoonists. She then trained to be a secondary school Music teacher in London. Sylvia has taught music in secondary education throughout her career but playing the bassoon has always been her first love. As well as being principal bassoon with a large number of symphony orchestras, Sylvia has been a soloist and played bassoon concertos with several orchestras as well as playing in countless chamber groups, musical productions and choral societies. As part of her teaching role, Sylvia has coached many chamber groups and arranged music for many different sized ensembles. She has also done a lot of conducting as part of her teaching role, and has conducted musicals, and a variety of bands and orchestras, and led 10 music tours to various countries in Europe.

She is currently principal bassoon with the Norfolk Symphony orchestra

See Also: Melford Music


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