Congratulations to recorder player Tabea Debus (www.tabeadebus.de) and vocal ensemble The Gesualdo Six (www.thegesualdosix.co.uk) on representing the early music world as two of the four appointments to the St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ Scheme for 2015/16. The other two awards go to violinist Joo Yeon Sir (www.jooyeonsir.com) and The Ligeti Quartet (www.ligetiquartet.com). The Press Notice continues – “The intention for the scheme is to provide a performance platform, marketing and development assistance and career support for exceptional young artists on the brink of their professional careers. The Young Artists are each awarded three performance dates in St John’s Smith Square over the course of the concert season. They are invited to select their repertoire, as well as market the concerts to their own following, and produce programme notes, giving them the independence they need to progress in their professional careers. The concerts range from lunchtime concerts to full evening recitals and Sunday afternoon chamber music concerts.
Alongside this, and working with guidance and support from the staff at St John’s Smith Square, the Young Artists also undertake a number of other projects during their year on the scheme. This falls under three main categories: marketing; commissioning; and outreach.
Each group or soloist on the scheme is awarded a grant which they can put towards a marketing initiative, which is then developed with the support of the St John’s Smith Square marketing team. Examples for this project include website design, photo or video shoots, design and mailing of flyers or targeted advertising in newspapers and magazines.”