Patrons Charles Hazlewood Charles Hazlewood won first prize in the 1995 EBU Conducting Competition. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003, his BBC Proms debut in 2006. He works regularly with great orchestras around the globe, this Season guest conducting the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Gothenburg Symphony and Malmo Symphony in Sweden, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Philharmonia in London. He is Music Director of the contemporary ensemble Excellent Device! and the period instrument orchestra Army of Generals. In 2008 he founded The Charles Hazlewood All Stars at Glastonbury Festival (including Goldfrapp's Will Gregory, Portishead's Adrian Utley, Cian [Super Furry Animals], DJ/composer Gabriel Prokofiev and Squarepusher), an ensemble dedicated to improvisation. Highlights with the BBC Concert Orchestra this year (with whom Hazlewood has had a close relationship for several years) have included performances at the BBC Proms, and Kurt Weill's forgotten masterpiece Lost in the Stars at London's South Bank Centre. From 2000-7 Hazlewood was Music Director of Dimpho di Kopane in Cape Town. For them he devised the music for The Mysteries, The Beggar's Opera, The Snow Queen (West End and worldwide), and was conductor of their feature film U Carmen e-Khayelitsha which won Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival 2005. As part of his mission to engage the maximum number of people with music, Hazlewood has authored and conducted the music in multiple TV films, on Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and this year a landmark series for BBC2 "The Birth of British Music". He regularly performs open-heart surgery on great music with the BBC Orchestras for Radio 3's Discovering Music, and for several years hosted his own show on Radio 2 exploring his vast and catholic music tastes. The show won Hazlewood 3 Sony Awards. In August '09 Charles unveiled his latest venture, Play the Field, a new breed of orchestral festival on his farm in Somerset. It was broadcast on Radio 2 and attended by over 4,000 people. Play the Field will return in 2011. Upcoming highlights include the first performances from Hazlewood's brand new opera company in Johannesburg in a project based around Messiah, and premiering Will Gregory's new opera at South Bank Centre's Ether festival in Spring 2011 Charles believes this will be an exciting school and has offered to be a Patron. Cyrilla Rowsell BEd Adv Dip (British Kodály Academy) Cyrilla Rowsell gained a Bachelor of Education degree and then was a class teacher in First and Primary Schools for eleven years. During this time she became increasingly interested in the Kodály Approach and attended many courses including Summer Schools in Britain and Hungary. She obtained the British Kodály Academy's Advanced Musicianship Diploma with Distinction in 1991. Since then Cyrilla has taught solfège, methodology and conducting on BKA Summer Schools and currently teaches Elementary and Intermediate Level year courses to groups and individual students.  She teaches in a Bromley primary school and on the String Training Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Cyrilla is an experienced choir director and has conducted her primary school choir both at the Royal Festival Hall (where they were Music for Youth finalists) and many times at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon. Cyrilla has recently co-written, with David Vinden, a Kodály music scheme for primary schools entitled ‘Jolly Music’ (www.jollylearning.co.uk). She also hopes to establish the first ‘British Kodály School’, following the model of the Hungarian music primary schools (www.britishkodalyschool.org.uk). Cyrilla is thrilled to be a patron of RIMU and is especially supportive of the fact that all children will learn Kodaly.   © RIMU 2011-2017 Made with Xara   RIMU Music Preparatory School & Nursery