Charis Sykesud



What is your name and what do you play?

Hello, I’m Charis and I have been the leader of the Watford Youth Sinfonia since it was established in 2014.

What and where do you study, and what are your ambitions?

I did my undergraduate degree in Music at the University of York.  I continued there for a fourth year during which I completed a Postgraduate Diploma specialising in performance on the violin.  Having thoroughly enjoyed my time in York, I returned to Watford where I am further building upon my musical life. I intend to become a violinist in a professional orchestra.

What is your favourite memory of playing with WYS?

The Watford Youth Sinfonia has been a wonderful environment in which to perform some ambitious works with a great group of friends.  I particularly loved stepping out of my usual role as leader and into the shoes of the soloist for our Easter 2017 concert when I performed the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor.  I cannot wait for the coming family concert when I will be playing Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy.

What is it like playing with the WYS?

As a member of the orchestra, I enjoyed leading Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony as I am a big fan of works by Russian composers of the Romantic era.

What is Daniel like to work with?

Dan is a sympathetic conductor to work with and it is a lovely orchestra to play with.

What is your favourite piece of music and why?

Tchaikovsky is a favourite composer of mine and has been since I was a child.  It was his ballet music that attracted me to him initially, especially Swan Lake which I still can’t help dancing to!

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