New Faces for 2017

If you attend our Music Centre North on a Saturday you’ll see some new faces for the start of 2017.

Last year we said farewell to Anita Silverston who had been working with us for over 20 years as Head of Centre. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Anita for her dedication and commitment.

We are delighted to have appointed Andy Keenan as Centre Co-ordinator at Bristol Music Centre North and Liv-Marie Kodurand as Senior String Tutor at Henbury and Junior strings at Music Centre West.

Born in Bristol, Andy studied at the Royal Academy of Music. During his studies he demonstrated an aptitude not just for playing modern music as a clarinettist and saxophonist, but also as a composer and orchestrator.

This quickly lead him to work closely with Michael Nyman as his score editor and orchestrator on many projects from film to concert music. He has orchestrated and edited a number of operas, ballets and concert works and has worked with the Royal Ballet, Jonathan Watkins, Boosey, Musicsales, Chester Music, Karl Jenkins, Jocelyn Pook, Mark Anthony Turnage,  Steve Martland, Bang on a Can All Stars, Spoleto Festival, Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Concert orchestras and the London Symphony Orchestra (for which he has also conducted).

Andy has worked on films for Miramax, Canal Plus, BBC, Channel Four, Film Four, Spike Lee and John Malkovich and he has performed and directed music for theatre at The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Shakespeare Globe Theatre and the National Theatre in London as well as for the Shobanah Jeyasingh Dance Company and the Barbican Theatre.

Whilst as a producer he records with contemporary musicians in classical, jazz and electronic music, as a composer Andy has written a number of concert works for small ensembles, wind ensemble and symphony orchestra including the Docklands Sinfonia, Kew Wind Orchestra, The Bristol Ensemble and New Music South West.

He has taught and coached young musicians and youth music ensembles across the UK and Europe, at both county and national level including the National Youth Wind Ensemble and the Hampshire County Youth Wind Ensemble (sectional coach).

Liv-Marie graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with distinction where she was awarded the Miriam Jenkins Scholarship, the Moir Carnegie Prize, the Homi Kanga Memorial Prize, and the Delius Society Prize.

Liv-Marie has performed solo recitals in major venues across London as a Concordia Foundation artist. She has given centenary concerts for the Elgar Society and regularly performs as part of the International Young Artists Series at St George’s Bristol. She has performed at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Johns Smith Square and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.  She has also recorded for labels such as Naxos and Avie Records both as a chamber musician and with the Gramophone award-winning group La Serenissima.

Liv-Marie is the founder of the Florentine Arts Ensemble, combining music and the visual arts. Recent performances have taken place at The National Portrait Gallery, The Fitzwilliam Museum, and The Broadway Arts Festival, alongside regular lecture recitals at The National Gallery on a wide range of themes.

As well as her role as violin teacher and chamber music coach at Bath Spa University she is much in demand as a festival adjudicator.

We’re thrilled to have them join the team so do give them a warm welcome if you see them at the centres.