It was a delight to have Old Scholar Sarah Beth Briggs as a Maestro@TheMount.
She started the day offering a Steinway masterclass to selected Mount and other local talented young pianists.
Then she returned for an evening performance where the school and local community were privileged to hear a selection of music including three character pieces by Benjamin Britten (which she world premiered at the age of 17 – the same age Britten was when he wrote them).
She also shared her mastery of enchanting pieces from Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Chopin.
Sarah’s talent is astonishing. Aged just 11, she was the youngest ever BBC Young Musician of The Year and went on to be a worthy recipient of a Dame Myra Hess Award, and joint winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzberg.
After her performance, Sarah hosted a meet-the-artist session where the audience gathered around one of our fourteen Steinway pianos, over nibbles, to hear her musical insights and top tips towards pupils’ own piano-learning journeys. We thank Sarah for a truly wonderful day.