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Alison Johnstone GLCM FLCM LLCM (TD)

Posted on: January 8th, 2015 by menuhinAdmin


Alison Johnstone was born in Reading, England and came to Bermuda to teach the cello for the Menuhin Foundation. Alison was the teacher in charge of the Menuhin Foundation for seven years, during which time she organized string workshops with the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra.

In Bermuda, Alison has appeared as soloist with the Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Elgar and Saint-Saens Cello Concertos. She performed the solo cello part in Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings conducted by Lord Menuhin in the 1995 Bermuda Festival. Alison also performed with her Menuhin Foundation colleagues and pianist Mandy Wong in the 2005 Bermuda Festival.

Alison has had the pleasure of playing in the string section for visiting artists, such as Josh Groban, James Galway and Smokey Robinson and has performed in the orchestra for numerous local shows.

Kerry Haslam, BA

Posted on: January 7th, 2015 by menuhinAdmin

Kerry Haslam is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has been a teacher for The Menuhin Foundation since moving to Bermuda in 1988.

Kerry has experience teaching at all levels and finds it very rewarding to start students as young as pre-school age on their musical journey and work with them to the ABRSM Grade 8 level and beyond.

Her extensive experience includes teaching violin and viola, theory and aural classes and coaching chamber ensembles. She has conducted all three of the Menuhin Foundation orchestras.

Kerry has performed in numerous concerts and shows over the years. She has enjoyed solo performance opportunities, of which performing as a soloist in the concerto for Four Violins by Vivaldi under the baton of Lord Menuhin in the gala concert marking the Bermuda Festival’s 20th Anniversary was a definite highlight. She has led the orchestra for many Bermuda Heritage and Bermuda Philharmonic Society concerts, performed in the Bermuda Festival Orchestra and played for Gilbert and Sullivan Society shows along with playing in the back up band for visiting artists such as James Galway and Josh Groban.

Kerry is a competent pianist and as part of her professional development she gained a distinction in ABRSM Grade 5 cello.

Alison Black

Posted on: January 6th, 2015 by menuhinAdmin

Alison Black was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and studied Violin Performance and Composition at Queens and McGill universities with members of the Vaghy string quartet and Sonia Jelinkova.

Prior to joining The Menuhin Foundation, she spent the prior twenty years in St. John’s Newfoundland where she was the Concertmaster of the Newfoundland Symphony and Sinfonia and First Violin of the Atlantic String Quartet. She has performed with international artists such as James Ehnes, Colin Carr, Andre Laplante and John Mills. Alison also led the orchestra during five choral festivals in St. John’s, working with conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Bob Chilcott, Tonu Kaljuste and Owain Arwel Hughes.

In addition to her performance career, Alison has taught privately for twenty five years, with students ranging between the ages of 5 and 75, several of whom have gone on to professional music careers of their own. She has worked extensively with post secondary students in the context of orchestral training and has conducted a number of student ensembles, including the STEP Junior and Intermediate String Orchestras, the string sections of the Newfoundland Youth Orchestra and an ensemble for adult amateur players.

Alison believes passionately in the potential for community building that can come through music and embraces the opportunity to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and levels. In addition to her music Alison enjoys boats of all kinds, swimming, reading and writing.