Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
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Type: Concert
Date: Friday 21 June 2002


The Welsh College of Music and Drama
Introduced by Edmund Fivet, Principal of the College

Branka Pajovic (pictured) (harp)
Elin Wyn Lewis Soprano
Alison Shone Soprano
Katherine Squire Alto
Richard Monk Tenor
Craig Yates Baritone





Programme:

Operatic Arias and Lieder

Katherine Squire
Mozart: Smanie implaccibili (Cosi Fan Tutte)

Elwin Lewis and Craig Yates
Mozart: La ci darem la mano (Don Giovanni)

Richard Monk
Donizetti: Quanto e bella (L’Elisir d’Amore)

Craig Yates
Delibes: Lakmé, ton doux regarde se voile….

Alison Shone
Puccini: O mio babbino caro….

The Sentica Piano Trio
Mendelssohn: Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 49

Alison Shone
Schumann: In der Freinde (Liederkreis Op. 39)
Frühlingsnach – Mondnach

Elin Lewis
Strauss: Morgen and Das Rosenband

Branka Pajovic (harp)
Grandjany: Rhapsodie
De Falla: Spanish Dance No. 1
Hasselmans: La Source

Detail:

A delightful programme was presented by nine students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (the royal title only recently bestowed during the Queen's Jubilee visit to Wales).

Five singers performed a range of music that included operatic arias, lieder, Gershwin, Ivor Novello and delighted the audience with their vocal skills. Alison Shone's rendering of O mio babbino caro was particularly moving.

The Sentico Trio are already launched upon a successful career, having been appointed Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at the college. Their artistry was never in doubt, but in the Mendelssohn Trio No 1 in D Minor, a big work, perhaps it would have been even better had the violinist projected just a little more to balance the dynamic piano and cello playing.

Branka Pajovic (harp) from Yugoslavia, added another musical timbre, playing so expertly as to make the harp appear easy to play.

The future of our music making is secure when students can produce such an enjoyable programme of such high standards.

Ro Rickett and Janyce Pringle

Footnote in 2013:
Branka Crowder (nee Pajovic) was born in Montenegro and grew up in Belgrade, Serbia, where she began studying
the harp when she was eight. During and after the studies she was already working professionally as the principal harpist of the National Opera and Ballet Orchestra of Novi Sad and Belgrade. Branka has given numerous solo performances, as well as live and recorded appearances for the Serbian Radio and Television.

A graduate of the Academy of Music in Belgrade Branka continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, with Frank Sternefeld and completed her Postgraduate studies with distinction at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where she studied with Caryl Thomas.

From April 2004 until August 2005 Branka was resident harp teacher at the Tamnak Prathom Harp Centre in Thailand. During her time in Bangkok, Branka gave solo performances, played with the Bangkok Opera and appeared as a soloist with Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Branka performed at numerous state occasions for members of the Royal Family. She also played at the prestigious Royal
Ceremony celebrating the birth of the son of HRH Crown Prince of Thailand.

In April 2006, she won the prize at the International Folk Harp Competition in Caernarfon, Wales, which led to performances at the Serbian Harp Festival in Belgrade, and European Harp Symposium in Cardiff, in 2007.

In August 2008 Branka won the special prize at the "Camac Celtic Harp Trophy" in Lorient, Brittany.


Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon



VENUE

St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB

CAR PARKING ADVICE

1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.