02 February 2023  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: ,

Two professional musicians took time out of their busy schedules to perform an intimate concert for a group of 30 Music students in Years 7 to 13. Tabea Debus and Sergio Bucheli not only entertained the students with some fabulous pieces but they also engaged in a lively Q and A session and spoke to the young musicians about the origins of their instruments and their career pathways.

Tabea, who was born and studied in Germany, has been playing recorders from a very young age and is a highly regarded soloist, collaborator and teacher. Tabea has performed widely across Europe, Asia, North and South America and is a regular guest on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Early Music Show. Passionate about outreach work, Tabea teaches recorder at Wells Cathedral School and has led composition and chamber music workshops at the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University.

Born in Mexico City, Sergio moved to the UK when he was 13 to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School thanks to a bursary funded by the Rolling Stones. In 2016, he was awarded the ABRSM and Christopher Hogwood Scholarships to pursue his undergraduate studies with the Royal Academy of Music where he studied the lute, theorbo and baroque guitar. Sergio is a member of The English Concert and La Nuova Musica and he also plays with The Irish Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Marsyas, Early Opera Company and Fretwork.

The versatile duo performed a programme that explored music for recorders and lute with a baroque influence. The students were enthralled by their playing and enjoyed a lively Q and A about how the performers chose to specialise in recorder and lute and how their careers have developed.

The concert and Q and A were made possible by Richmondshire Concerts Society who were hosting Tabea and Sergio for an evening performance.

Stephen Boyd, Lead Teacher of Music, said: “It was a great privilege for our students to enjoy a live performance by two top-class musicians. We hadn’t realised beforehand that this was the first time Tabea and Sergio had played professionally together so the students were honoured to be part of their debut performance!  It was a fantastic experience and we are most appreciative to the Chris Shaw and Richmondshire Concerts for making this possible for our students.”

Richmondshire Concerts run a series of classical performances throughout the year – you can find out more about forthcoming events and artistes here. 

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