The first session of the New Year was very busy. Today we had violinist Tanya Sweiry. Tanya played some classics and members favourites including "Danny Boy" and "Auld Lang Syne". Tanya played with so much passion that it stirred a lot of emotions with the members. The session followed with Tai Chi with Egon which all members enjoyed as usual.
Two members also had their birthdays. Mac was 85 today and Mollie was 83, 2 days ago. We also celebrated with 3 different New Year cakes baked by Marina, Dawn and Tija. A big thank you to them all. In Greek tradition a coin is baked in the cake and who ever finds it is lucky for the year. Everyone enjoyed looking for the coins.
Tanya Sweiry held the prestigious Meaker Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music for 2013/14, during which time she was given the honour of preparing and performing on the Viotti Ex-Bruce 1709 Stradivarius, as well as recording Bach and Enescu on it for the RAM. Tanya was awarded the fellowship after receiving a Distinction for the Master of Arts in Violin Performance at the Academy, where she studied with Remus Azoitei. Her impressive final performance meant that she was also awarded a Diploma of the RAM and the Moir Carnegie Prize for an outstanding final recital.