Date published: Tue 21 Nov 2017
Author: T. Lisoire
Category: Performing Arts
Earlier this month, a group of Whitgift musicians were privileged to perform a concert at the Embassy of Bulgaria ahead of the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the European Union. Whitgift were specially invited to take part in this event, hosted for the diplomatic corps with guests including Attachés from a number of EU and Eastern European embassies in London.
The programme featured six solo pieces by renowned European composers, including Karadimchev and Vladigerov of Bulgaria, fittingly played by Marian Bozhidarov, Whitgift International Music Competition (WIMC) 2017 winner, on the clarinet, and violinist Hristo Dunev, former Whitgift pupil and winner of the inaugural WIMC 2013, now studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Also performing were three students who recently joined the School following the WIMC 2017: cellist Kosta Popović, of Montenegro; violinist Krystof Kohout, of Czech Republic; and Albert Baciu, from Romania, on the trumpet. Each performance was accompanied by acclaimed pianist, Mr Simon Lane.
The audience expressed high admiration for the musicians, hugely impressed by the talent and passion with which they played. Mr Svetozar Dimitrov, Third Secretary at the Embassy, described them as ‘amazing’.
During the evening, Director of Music, Ms Rosanna Whitfield, presented a brief history of the School and the Competition, highlighting the value of the cultural links achieved between both institutions. The event represented, and reinforced, our longstanding relations with Bulgaria, and we look forward to more exciting cooperation in the future. We also wish all the best to Bulgaria in their European Council Presidency.