Sarah ConnollyNottingham student
1980-1982

Clarendon College, Nottingham at this time, offered the best musical education possible. Brenda Bloom, Douglas Wilkie, Anthea Cater, Lynne Wayman(Baines) and Mary Foulds offered the complete ‘finishing school’ before the big music colleges. Keyboard Harmony figured largely in Doug Wilkie’s classes. This skill has enabled me to read Early Music scores and to play Komm, süsses Kreuz transposed down a semitone on stage in Glyndebourne’s recent production of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion . With Brenda I enjoyed ensemble playing, especially the Schumann Piano Quintet and with Anthea, choir and consort singing. Mary Foulds strived to focus my attention onto solo piano repertoire and Lynne Wayman introduced me to FrauenLiebe und Leben and the tricky business of facing an audience. Have German language coaching with family friend Richard Stokes. Also dabbled in playing the cello (Richard’s), memorably massacring Brandenburg V , played orchestral piano in the musical Cabaret, distinction* in Grade 8 singing and was college table-tennis champion and tennis mixed-doubles champion of Mapperley Park Tennis Club.