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Ann studied violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music and went to the National Centre
for Orchestral Studies for her post-graduate studies. She worked for 12 years as an orchestral violinist in
Germany and she now works as a freelance performer in London. She has worked with the
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of English National Ballet. She has performed
at a hotel in Knightsbridge and accompanied ballet classes at the MacAlpine School of Dance, Camberwell.
She runs her own private teaching practice in Croydon and leads the Beaufort String Quartet. One of her former pupils
now studies piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and another, Sheridan Lloyd, is another performer at tonight’s concert.
Henryk Wieniawski was a 19th century Polish composer who was a child prodigy on the violin.
He was accepted as a student at the Paris Conservatoire when he was only 9. At the age of 12 he published
his first major work, Grand Caprice Fantastique. He worked with the Russian Musical Society’s orchestra in St.Petersburg and
often toured with his brother who accompanied him on the piano. In 1875, he became the professor of violin at the
Conservatoire Royal in Brussels. He had two daughters and in 1912, one of his sons-in-law was a victim of the Titanic disaster.