Jen­nifer’s ‘cast­away’ con­cert star

Stockport Times East - - FRONT PAGE - KATHER­INE VINE

AVIOLINIST from Chea­dle Hulme will be per­form­ing in Manch­ester as part of a spe­cial con­cert.

Jen­nifer Pike, 24, who lived in Stock­port un­til the age of 16, is one of the artists fea­tured in the Desert Is­land Discs Clas­sic Favourites con­cert se­ries.

The mu­sic for the con­certs has been taken from the most popular clas­si­cal mu­sic choices on the iconic BBC Ra­dio 4 pro­gramme, which asks guests to choose eight records they would take with them to a desert is­land.

They in­clude Jupiter from The Plan­ets by Holst, the Blue Danube Waltz by

Vi­o­lin­ist Jen­nifer Pike Strauss, Nim­rod by El­gar, Motzart’s Clar­inet Con­certo and Tchaikovsky’s Vi­o­lin Con­certo.

Jen­nifer went to Hurst­head Ju­nior School in Chea­dle Hulme be­fore win­ning a place to study at Chetham’s School of Mu­sic in Manch­ester, and in 2002 she won BBC Young Mu­si­cian of the Year at the age of just 12 – the youngest per­son ever to do so at the time.

She has been play­ing the vi­o­lin since she was five, and says she has al­ways loved it.

“The vi­o­lin is a very dif­fi­cult in­stru­ment to start with,” she said. “With some­thing like the pi­ano you can take quite a de­cent sound even at the be­gin­ning, but the vi­o­lin is more dif­fi­cult to be­gin with.

“How­ever, I think I was quite happy saw­ing away en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.”

At 16 she went to London to study at the Guild­hall School of Mu­sic & Drama, then on to Ox­ford Univer­sity, and is now based in London.

The Desert Is­land Discs con­cert will be per­formed at Manch­ester’s Bridge­wa­ter Hall on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 5, fol­low­ing a per­for­mance in Birm­ing­ham the pre­vi­ous day, and Jen­nifer says she is look­ing for­ward to play­ing in her home city.

“Stock­port has a spe­cial place in my heart, and my par­ents still live in Chea­dle Hulme, so I al­ways re­ally en­joy com­ing back,” she said. “I am re­ally ex­cited about the con­certs, and I love Desert Is­land Discs – what could be bet­ter than tak­ing a load of mu­sic to a desert is­land?”

Jen­nifer is also a pa­tron of Stock­port home­less char­ity The Well­spring, a cause she says is close to her heart.

“I have played in their gala con­certs in the past and I think it is such an im­por­tant cause,” she said.

“I love help­ing in any way I can through play­ing, and that is one of the great things about mu­sic. It is some­thing I am very pas­sion­ate about.”

For tick­ets or more in­for­ma­tion call 907 9000 or visit bridge­wa­ter-hall. co.uk.

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