Rock studies music at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is a first study Violin player. Looking for work primarily in London.
Rock did a very good job strengthening the bass line at our parish carol service last night, picking up the music well in a single 90-minute rehearsal. His singing was reliable and I was extremely glad to have him on board. We were even able to make use of his perfect pitch! Rock was friendly and mixed easily with the rest of the choir, most of whom were at least twice if not three times his age! I would be pleased to recommend him to any other choir conductors.
Excellent - many thanks for coming down and taking part. Enthusiastic and fun to have at the session.
Rock currently studies Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he holds an Orchestral Scholarship; he is principal second violin of the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, as well as the core violinist of the New Music Collective. Though he is a relative newcomer to England, he has already had opportunities to perform with multiple orchestral and choral ensembles both outside of and at the college, under celebrated conductors such as Rebecca Miller and Peter Stark. In June 2016, he went on tour to Vienna with Royal Holloway's prestigious Founder's Choir. He has also taken part in side-by-side projects with the London Mozart Players and Chiltern Music Academy, and performs regularly in amateur musical theatre. Aside from his larger-scale projects and ensembles, Rock is also an avid lover of chamber music, currently playing in a clarinet-violin-piano trio as well as a string quartet, both made up of fellow students at Royal Holloway. Both groups have already given multiple performances, and are steadily gaining a reputation within the local community. In January 2017, Rock co-founded the Luciform Sinfonietta, a flexible chamber group which gave its inaugural concert in February 2017, performing Schoenberg's seminal work Verklaerte Nacht, alongside selections from Pierrot Lunaire. In future, the Luciform Sinfonietta aims to focus on and present chamber works from the 20th and 21st centuries, with plans for future repertoire including Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat and Copland’s Appalachian Spring, alongside works by student composers. In secondary school, Rock led all three orchestral ensembles as well as the bass section of the choir, while also working to promote a vibrant musical theatre environment and community both within and externally to the school. He currently continues his studies in the violin with acclaimed violinists Beedarn Chao, Francesca Barritt, and Anna Cashell, under whose tuition he has recently won the 2017 Royal Holloway Concerto Competition, winning the opportunity to make his solo debut in the 2017/18 academic year, performing Barber's Violin Concerto. As composer, Rock was shortlisted for the London Mozart Players' Fanfare Composition Competition, with his work for two trumpets 'blinds, drawn'. He has also recently had one of his choral compositions, 'as the stars take me', workshopped by The Gesualdo Six at St. John's Smith Square, while his recent work 'in a flickering room' (for tenor trombone and double bass) was workshopped by Ryan Hume and Elena Hull (CHROMA).
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