Posted on 10/11/2011
Students from the Music Department at Royal Holloway, University of London were treated to a special masterclass by award winning musician and College alumna Helen Reid.
Helen, who graduated in 2000 with a BA in Music and German, returned to the College yesterday (9 November) to hold the special session, offering one-to-one piano tuition to the second year students and providing advice on how they can progress as musicians. The session also enabled the students to quiz Helen on her career.
Helen first came to public attention when she appeared on BBC2 in the National Keyboard Finals of the BBC Young Musician competition in 1998. She has since given recitals throughout the UK and all over Europe.
Speaking after the session, Theresa-Joy Manese said: “It’s great that Helen has come back to hold this session. I don’t think she has done anything like this at the College before. She has been helping us with our recital pieces. It’s been really great.”
Helen explained that she wanted to return to the College to help the students just as others helped her during her time at the College. She said: “It is always nice to return somewhere you have connections and particularly as I had such a great time at Royal Holloway I really wanted to find out how the students were getting on. It was particularly enjoyable as Eric Levi my Performance Tutor while I was an undergraduate here was in the audience - it was a really interesting experience to then be the Performance Tutor in this context!
She added: “It also helped me realise that in 10 years I’ve actually done quite a lot. I hope that the students found it interesting hearing from someone who has been through the same process as them and that it will give them a flavour of what they could do in 10 years time.”
Following the masterclass, Helen performed a special Alumni Concert featuring recitals of Debussy, Faure, Bach and Brahms, which was open to the local community as well as staff and students.