LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES
20th Jan 2021
A monthly lunchtime live online concert showcasing professional musicians. Listen wherever you are...you can even listen whilst enjoying sandwiches and a cup of tea!
FIRE & PASSION
Corinne Frost - Cello
Janine Parsons - Piano
Corinne, at the age of 17, won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music and after graduation continued her studies with Pierre Fournier, having been awarded scholarships from the Royal Society of Arts and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Corinne’s early career included recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and the Manchester Midday Series. In 1979 she joined the Philharmonia Orchestra and over the course of the next nine years travelled extensively and worked with some of the world’s most eminent conductors. In 1993 Corinne moved to Worcestershire and soon became an Associate Member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), a position she held for 23 years. At this time Corinne also became Co-Principal Cellist of the English String/Symphony Orchestra, a position she still holds to this day. Corinne is Musical Director of Volante Strings and is Co-Principal of Orchestra Pro Anima. She performs regularly as part of a duo Downside Up and with pianist Janine Parsons, poet/composer Helena Cavan and many others. She also presents a solo entertainment entitled ‘An Audience with Corinne’. Corinne enjoys teaching and coaching and is a governor of the Elgar School of Music in Worcester. She specialises in problem solving, technical issues, posture-related problems and improvisation. Corinne is passionate about bringing live music to people in care homes and hospices and initiated the ESO Care Homes and Hospices programme in 2007. She has since developed her own regular visits to care and dementia homes, giving themed concerts and playing in individual rooms. She specialises in improvisations and musical sounds portraits, and includes them in her visits to care homes, as well as in her recitals and at weddings and funerals. She enjoys playing with Epiphany, a group of classical musicians who share similar specialisms.
Janine completed her studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, having gained a B Mus (Hons) degree and a Post Graduate Diploma. She studied piano with Frank Wibaut and Professor Malcolm Wilson. As soloist she gave her debut recital at the Purcell Rooms, London and has since given concerto performances including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Chopin’s piano concerto no 1 with The Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra; Haydn’s piano concerto in D Major with Volante Strings and Mendelssohn’s concerto in A Minor with the English String Orchestra. Janine has also given solo recitals for music societies throughout the UK, including locally, The Kidderminster Classical Music Society, The Midland Gershwin Mayerl Society, Upton Arts Music Group and The Elgar Music School, Worcester. Janine has worked as a freelance repetiteur with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in numerous educational projects, which has led her to appearing in a BBC TV drama. As accompanist, she has worked with numerous singers and instrumentalists in concerts and competitions, including performances broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Shropshire. She has performed for many years as part of an all-female trio ‘The Sirens’ who together have given concerts nationally and internationally. In 1997, she appeared as finalist in the Young Accompanist of the Year competition. Janine has also performed alongside Maureen Lipman and Julian Lloyd Weber. Janine works regularly with cellist Corinne Frost and together they have recently performed in the Worcester Festival; Hellens, Much Marcle; the Lion Ballrooms, Leominster and The Firs. Janine has over the last few years enjoyed a busy schedule as Head of the Elgar School of Music where she continues to teach and perform regularly.