Royal College of Music recital at Shrewsbury International School Bangkok

A night with the Royal College of Music: Shrewsbury International School welcomes distinguished instrumentalists and scholars Prof Colin Lawson and Vanessa Latarche
Dec. 19, 2011 - PRLog -- On January 18th 2012, Shrewsbury International School will play host to two renowned musicians from the Royal College of Music in London.

Professor Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music Director, will give a clarinet recital accompanied by pianist Vanessa Latarche, who is the College’s Head of Keyboard.  

Prof Lawson and Ms Latarche will be in Bangkok to interview and listen to auditions by students from Shrewsbury and other international school who have applied for places at the Royal College of Music, starting in September 2012.

The recital is the latest in a series of music events held at Shrewsbury International School as part of the school's commitment to musical excellence and philosophy of supporting the performing arts. Over the past year, the school has staged a number of exciting concerts by visiting choirs and musicians including classical guitarist Ekachai Jearakul, Emmanuel College Choir and Ex Cathedra and flautist Yae Ram Park

The recital by Prof Lawson and Ms Latarche is free and open to all. It will take place in the Khunying Sumanee Memorial Hall at Shrewsbury International School at 7pm on 18th January 2012.  For more details, please e-mail

Accomplished as a teacher, musician and author, and the current Director of the Royal College of Music in London, Professor Colin Lawson has been described as, “the doyen of a period of clarinetists”. After completing his studies at Oxford University, Prof Lawson was awarded an MA from Birmingham University in 18th-century clarinet.  He became a professor, teaching at Sheffield and Aberdeen before becoming Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Arts at Thames Valley University.  

Prof Lawson has an international profile as a period clarinetist and has played principal in most of Britain's leading period orchestras, notably The Hanover Band, The English Concert Orchestra and the London Classical Players, with whom he has recorded extensively and toured world-wide. He has also appeared as soloist in many international venues, including London's major concert halls and New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. His discography comprises concertos by Fasch, Hook, Mahon, Mozart, Spohr, Telemann, Vivaldi and Weber, as well as a considerable variety of chamber music.

Prof Lawson is the author of numerous books, many through the Cambridge University Press, including the Cambridge Handbooks to Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet, in addition to co-authorship of a series of Cambridge Handbooks to the Historical Performance of Music.  

Vanessa Latarche won Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied Kendall Taylor from 1977 to 1982, before completing her training in the USA and Paris. She has played in concerts around the world as both a chamber musician and soloist.  

Winner of numerous international awards, Ms Latarche’s skills have also been broadcast by BBC Three Radio and have been showcased in numerous concerts, with many prominent orchestras, such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra.  She has also participated in many festivals, including the Lichfield International Festival where she performed, in its entirety, Bach’s ‘48’ Preludes and Fugues,’ a piece which required 4  evenings to play in full.    

Ms Latarche is currently the Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music, after having been a professor of piano studies from 1992 until 2005.  Ms Latarche also serves as adjudicator for numerous international competitions panels, such as the BBC Young Musician Keyboard final, and is a a founder member of “Children Helping Children’s Concerts” raising money for children’s charities.

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Shrewsbury International School offers the British curriculum to students aged 3-18. It enjoys a unique location on the Chao Phraya river and stunning facilities. Renowned for academic excellence and nurturing musical, sporting and artistic talent
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