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Senior Music Appointments

Richard Benjafield has been appointed Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion. Richard has been Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Ensemble at the Guildhall since 1995, and has led a distinguished career performing in contemporary classical music, both as soloist and ensemble musician.

More recently, his projects have included a UK tour with thethreestrangeangels, and solo performances at the BBC Proms, Kings Place and Tate Modern.

Louise Hopkins, has been appointed Head of Strings. Louise, who was previously Deputy Head of Strings, takes over from Jacqueline Ross, who has stepped down to pursue a research career. Jacqueline continues to teach within the department.

Louise studied cello at the Guildhall School before making her debut at the Barbican Hall playing Witold Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto with the composer conducting. In 1995 Louise was one of the youngest-ever professors to be

Season Preview 2010

This year’s exclusive preview of the new artistic season for members of the Guildhall Circle will take place on Thursday 30 September. The evening will include excerpts from our forthcoming drama productions Festen and Deoxyribonucleic Acid and our first opera of the season, Almeida’s La Spinalba, as well as a sneak-preview of the sets for our autumn term productions. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet current students and senior staff from each department over a glass of wine and hear inside information about the artistic and performances highlights of the coming year.

For further details of the event or more information on becoming a member of the Guildhall Circle contact Jenny Beer in the Development Office on 020 7382 7179 or

Fundraising Events

Over the summer term the School held its two annual fundraising events in support of the Scholarships Fund. The Gold Medal Dinner 2010 in honour of pianist Martyna Jatkauskaite was held in the beautiful surroundings of the Apothecaries’ Hall and raised over £10,500. The Summer Gala 2010 was completely sold out with over 300 guests enjoying the end-of-year production of Curtains and raising over £12,000.

Between Monday 30 August and Sunday 12 September, a group of current students – including Ieuan Davies, Katherine Drury, Helen Martin, Nikesh Patel, and Marion Wyllie (pictured) – will be calling alumni and members of the Guildhall Circle to update them on new developments at the School and our new Annual Fund, which aims to provide ongoing support for young musicians, actors and theatre technicians.


appointed to the Guildhall School. Louise performs regularly with the pianist Aleksandar Madzar with whom she has recorded a recital disc for Intim Musik of sonatas by Schnittke, Carter and Rachmaninoff.

Richard and Louise will be responsible for the artistic leadership, driving of standards and day-to-day management of their respective departments. Jonathan Vaughan, Director of Music at the Guildhall School, said “As Heads of two of the largest departments in the School, Richard and Louise will play really significant roles in the School’s strategic and artistic future. With the development of Centre for Orchestra, in collaboration with the LSO and Barbican Centre, and an increasingly significant chamber music programme, both departments are set to build on their international reputation. I’m thrilled to have appointed two leaders in their fields into these key roles.”

Joy Farrall has been confirmed as the Co-ordinator for Chamber Music in the Wind, Brass and Percussion Department. Joy has been acting in this role for the last year. Joy is a long-standing Clarinet Professor at the School (and an alumna) with a very impressive solo, recital, recording and chamber music career.

Annual Fund

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