Menuhin Foundation Holds Annual Concert

June 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

The Menuhin Foundation held its annual concert on June 9th at the Ruth Seaton James Centre, featuring over 130 primary school students from 22 Bermuda schools and various orchestras.

A spokesperson said, “The Menuhin Foundation [Registered Charity #118] held its annual student concert on 9th June at the Ruth Seaton James Centre for Performing Arts at CedarBridge Academy. It was the culmination of a year of hard work and practice by the more than 130 primary school students from 22 public and private schools across Bermuda, who have participated in The Menuhin Foundation’s Primary School Programme for the school year 2023-24.

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“Also featured in the Concert were The Menuhin Foundation’s First Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra, Youth Orchestra, and the Vivace String Quartet. The Concert ended with the traditional Finale, with all students coming together on stage to perform Stanley Fletcher’s “Hoe Down”.

“Families came out in force to watch the students’ performances and for the first time ever attracted a sold-out crowd. They were delighted with the incredible talent and dedication of the students and drew enthusiastic applause after each piece. Some grandparents reminisced about the time that their children [who now have their own children in the programme] used to play violin, viola, or cello and were a student of The Menuhin Foundation.”

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“The Menuhin Foundation has built up an enormous legacy since its inception in 1976. With 48 years of history, through the Primary School Programme we have touched the lives of thousands of students and supported the development of a diverse and vibrant artistic community in Bermuda. This programme lies at the heart of The Menuhin Foundation and is one way that The Menuhin Foundation delivers its vision of ensuring that all children in Bermuda have access to the unique social, emotional and intellectual benefits of learning to play a string instrument. This free weekly programme is only made possible by the generous financial support of our donors, including the Bermuda Government, various Foundations, the corporate community and individuals. We also would not be able to put on this marquee event without the support of our teachers, the parent volunteers, and the school teachers/educators who helped us deliver a fantastic show”, stated by Laura Davis, The Menuhin Foundation’s Chairperson.

The spokesperson said, “The Menuhin Foundation’s Primary School Programme offers a taster of what can lie ahead for any budding musician, and we encourage all interested students to continue their studies in September. The Menuhin Foundation’s mission is to provide opportunities for learning, performance, and access to instruments regardless of background and resources, and bursaries for students who wish to continue their musical education are available to those meet the guidelines of financial need.

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“The Menuhin Foundation provides individual lessons for anyone who would like to learn a stringed instrument of violin, viola, or cello. They have students as young as 4 years old and some who are young at heart. Although not part of the Annual Concert, The Menuhin Foundation have an Adult Orchestra that meets on Saturday afternoons, many of whom were past students of The Menuhin Foundation.

“For more information about The Menuhin Foundation, the Primary School Programme, lessons and orchestras, or ways to donate, visit

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“Registration for lessons starting in September is open now. Students interested in the Primary School Programme should contact their school administrator.”

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