This year’s cohort for the Camerata 360° Ruth Sutton Fellowship include two violinists, a violist, double bassist and composer/multi-instrumentalist, who will take part in a year-long training programme with the orchestra

Camerata 360 (c) Manchester Camerata (Jay Cipriani)

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Manchester Camerata has announced the first five recipients of its inaugural Camerata 360° Ruth Sutton Fellowship. They are violinists Georgina MacDonell Finlayson and Sean Morrison, double bassist Marcus Silva, violist Ben Norris and composer and multi-instrumentalist James Weatherley-Buss.

Created with the support of The Ruth Sutton Trust for Music, these five Northern-based fellows will each receive a paid, year-long bespoke training programme, commencing now. The fellowship was launched specifically to support newly graduated Northern-based musicians and composers at the very start of their musical careers. Manchester Camerata will nurture and support these musicians to sustain a musical career in the north and subsequently join its pool of freelance performers and practitioners.

’What a team of fellows we have this year! I’m excited to work with and learn from this group of creative minds throughout the year and see the benefits and impact our fellowship can make,’ said Samantha McShane, creative director of Manchester Camerata. ’We are incredibly thankful to the continued support of the Ruth Sutton Trust for Music who share our vision for this programme and who we look forward to working with throughout this coming year.’

’My late mother, Ruth Sutton, was very dedicated to helping young musicians and took a keen interest in their personal development,’ added Jane Farnworth, daughter of Ruth Sutton, on behalf of the family. ’She would be exceptionally proud to be able to provide this wonderful opportunity that will give our five fellows a balanced and grounded start to their exciting future ahead.’

Each fellow will now spend the next 12 months fully immersed in the working life of Manchester Camerata - from performance opportunities, community work engagement with schools, care home and music cafes, to marketing, finance, management, and leadership experience. They will each work closely with a Manchester Camerata musician who will act as both mentor and guide throughout their year. The fellowship aims to help to up-skill and develop their individual talents and also arm them with a greater understanding of the music world, the workings of an orchestra including and beyond performance, an ability to contribute to different styles of music and make more established personal connections with working musicians.

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