Restart - 2021
We would like to restart HYM as soon as possible, but the infection rate remains dangerously high. As soon as we feel we are able to cautiously meet, we will let you know.
Pat Jennison (1928-2021) has died at the splendid age of 92. Pat was cello tutor at HYM from 1964-1993. HYM extends deepest sympathies to her daughters, Fran and Amelia, and their families. Fran was herself cello tutor at HYM in the 2000s.
When I joined HYM in 1983, the annual grant was £120,000 (since 2015 it has been £0). This enabled HYM staff to include not only conductors of each group, but tutors on each instrument. Pat was the cello tutor and a stickler! Her teaching was based on old-fashioned virtues of discipline and practise, but she was also very kind. Her pupils adored her. She knew them inside out. I know that some of her pupils had less than ideal family lives, but Pat gave them stability, confidence and inspiration.
Hazel Correa (violin)
Micheila Brigginshaw (piano)
We all know Hazel, HYM staff and ex HYM student, but the pianist on this delightful recital is also an ex HYM student. Micheila Connolly (as she then was) played violin in all HYM groups and I remember her well. Her first instrument though was the piano, and, as you will hear, she is an outstanding pianist. I thought you would enjoy hearing this, so click on the link below.
Thanks, Hazel and Micheila, for cheering us up!