A musical journey
Our latest Univ in the Arts event took place on 23 May, with guest speaker Sophie Solomon (1995, History and Modern Languages) in conversation with the distinguished educationalist Matthew Uffindell (1977, English).
Following welcome drinks, our guests enjoyed Matthew and Sophie discussing her musical journey from prodigy to successful recording artist of classical and contemporary music, this was followed by a lively Q&A session and reception.
About Sophie Solomon
Sophie is a violinist, songwriter and composer, widely regarded as the leading klezmer violinist of her generation. Taking up the violin at only two years old, she has since performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, made guest appearances with the likes of Rufus Wainwright, KT Tunstall and Paul Weller and composed scores for the National Theatre and the Royal Court. In 2011 Sophie was appointed Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute, SOAS and in 2013 she founded the Hackney New School, a primary and secondary free school focused on music.
About Matthew Uffindell
Matthew is Senior Tutor at Greene’s Tutorial College in Oxford which he runs alongside another OM, Christopher Upton (1979, Plant Sciences). Matthew was previously Director of Studies at d’Overbroeck’s College before going to work as a freelance tutor and university lecturer, teaching extensively in the UK and America.
Please enjoy this recording of the evening:
The Univ in the Arts Committee: Amanda Brookfield, Chris Birkett, Jonathan Earl, Jonathan Hourigan, Philly Malicka.
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Photo Credit: Sam Cornish