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What's On > Music in the Museum

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery

Venue details: The Morning Room
Sunday 17th June, 2018   14:00 - 16:00
Sunday 15th July, 2018   14:00 - 16:00
Sunday 19th August, 2018   14:00 - 16:00
Cost: 5
Group discount: Buy 10+ and save 10%
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100
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Sinfonia Verdi present

Classical music performances taking place in the stunning Drawing Room, surrounded by the museum's unique art collection and with spectacular views overlooking Wardown Park.

Line up for Sunday 17 June: Sinfonia Verdi presents violinists Enrico Alvares and Stephanie Waite

Enrico Alvares Biography

Enrico’s violin studies began at the age of three - with lessons from his father, also a professional violinist. After studying at the Purcell School and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and after extensive quartet coaching from all four members of the Amadeus Quartet, he was invited to become a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, where he stayed for ten years. During this time he worked closely with all three of its artistic directors - Sir Neville Marriner, Iona Brown, and Ken Sillito - and with a roster of the world’s greatest soloists and singers. He has also played with the other major British orchestras and is a regular in the London commercial recording studios.

Enrico is very fortunate to have had coaching and composition lessons from two of the most important contemporary composers - Gyorgy Kurtag and Dmitri Smirnov. His lessons with Smirnov are ongoing and are indicative of a constant desire to deepen his musical insight. Current composition projects include a string quartet based on motives derived from the names of his three children.

Unusually, Enrico has also excelled in an area of expertise far from the world of music - namely that of financial investment. He spent several years as one of the partners in Nicola Horlick’s Bramdean Asset Management - one of a team of five investment professionals managing funds of $1.1billion. However, his all-consuming passion and devotion is unquestionably for great music and violin playing. He is, therefore, a devoted teacher - aware that all insight, whether gifted or hard-earned, must be passed on as a matter of duty.

Enrico is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is deeply committed to the Society's goal of finding innovative solutions to social challenges - principally by making use of skills gleaned from his time in both music and finance.


Stephanie Waite Biography

Stephanie grew up in a musical family, and began learning to play the violin at the age of 2. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department with Felicity Lipman before going to Cambridge to read English Literature. Once there, she continued her violin studies with renowned violinist Levon Chilingirian, and became an active chamber musician and soloist in the university's thriving music scene.

Following her degree, Stephanie took several years away from playing the violin, working for much of that time as a teacher in one of London's largest prisons, running arts and music projects with the inmates, and setting up Open University courses for those who wanted to further their education.

Eventually, however, she realised that the desire to play the violin had never left her. She studied intensively with Diana Cummings and has, for the last few years, enjoyed a diverse career performing in many orchestras, teaching a small but cherished group of students, and playing chamber music as often as possible.


Age guidance: All ages