Ruth K Minton
It's been a busy time at the University of Liverpool. Semester 2 is three-quarters of the way through, with performance classes now taking place in the brilliant new concert hall, the Tung Auditorium, housed in the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre – a wonderful space for performance collaboration and projects. The Yoko Ono Lennon Centre officially opened at the end of March, with Sean Ono Lennon in attendance to represent his mother. The Gala concert opened with a specially commissioned piece, 'One World', based on John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Imagine' by Liverpool alumnus Shirley Thompson OBE – it was an honour to be a part of the event and perform in the premiere of this piece alongside the Solem Quartet, University Chamber Choir, Lee Ward and conducted by Louise Ellinson [performance pictured]. More pictures of the Gala opening and Sean Ono Lennon's visit can be found: https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2022/03/30/gallery-sean-ono-lennon-officially-opens-new-yoko-ono-lennon-centre-and-the-tung-auditorium/
The Tung Auditorium also hosted the University of Liverpool Women in Music event in March, it was well received with invigorating conversations and networking opportunities – plans are already in motion for 2022-2023.
Paul Lewis gave the inaugural Steinway concert in the Tung Auditorium as he selected the new Steinway & Sons Concert Grand for the hall. Paul also stayed and gave an inspiring masterclass to the University piano students, leaving everyone eager to put into practice his advice.
My own performance work is progressing, with the Cobbe Collection recordings now complete and editing underway, with preparation for my June recital coming together.
It's lovely to see the sun shining with blossom and flowers in bloom, I'm sending best wishes to you and yours for Easter.