Top violinist to lead rock concert
World-renowned violinist Mark Wood is to make a return to Bermuda to train students for a rock-inspired concert to be held at City Hall.
The Emmy Award-winning composer and former member of American prog-rock band the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is the founder of the music educational programme Electrify Your Strings that “fires up students, teachers and local communities by injecting a high-voltage dose of rock into a school's music education programme.” He will work with violin, cello and viola students from the Bermuda School of Music as well as a student from the Menuhin Foundation who will perform a concert at City Hall tomorrow evening from 7.30pm. The programme is designed to boost self-esteem and motivation in students while helping to raise funds for participating schools.
Strings director at the Bermuda School of Music Chas Arnold said: “Mark is a real 80s violin rocker, but he does these workshops and students get super-motivated by his presence and his music — it is certainly a departure from our standard classical repertoire.
“We have about 40 students participating — our youngest is seven and the oldest is 16. They get really excited to become rock stars for a few days.
“The last time he played in Bermuda [April, 2012] was at the Southampton Princess and we had an orchestra and choir to back him up.
“He loves Bermuda it is one of his favourite places. He has already sent us recordings and the music and we have been rehearsing the music — he will come in for the finishing touches, then we will put it all together.”
Mr Wood will conduct a two-day workshop followed by a dress rehearsal and concert.
The students will be performing some rock greats including Ozzy Osbourne's Crazy Train and a rendition of Queen's We Will Rock You.
Mr Wood's commission credits include The Juilliard School and extensive TV broadcast music including The Winter Olympics and The Tour de France (for which he won an Emmy).
Tickets for the concert are available from www.ptix.bm