Thursday, June 04, 2015

Thursday, June 04, 2015 1:10 am by M. in ,    No comments
Sad news read on the Brontë Parsonage Blog.  Now, that we are in the verge of the annual Brontë Society AGM, we report the death of a well known Brontë Society trustee: Virginia Ruston (1944-2015). She served several times as a trustee (2008-2012 and 2013-2014) and was in part responsible of the restoration of the Brontë piano:
At this point one of the UK trustees of the Brontë Society, singer, teacher and community music leader Virginia Rushton, stepped in and enlisted the help of piano restorer Ken Forrest, who has spent almost three years dismantling and cleaning the instrument and putting it back together again.
Recently she was appointed as one of the Brontë Genius Company Limited directors (2014-2015).

But, of course, she was more than that: She was a soprano who had performed live
recitals, chamber music, oratorio at major UK venues including Leeds and Huddersfield Town Halls, Three Choirs Festival, Warwick Arts Centre, London St James's Church Piccadilly and the Wigmore Hall
recitals, chamber music, words and music programmes throughout Ireland and the Netherlands, in Canada and Israel.
She was also teacher of singing and  founder-director of The Second Chance Choir. She was currently serving at the Council of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and, last but not least, she was the founder and artistic director of OperaHouse:
OPERAHOUSE Music Projects has very specific aims:  to enable people to discover, develop, and share their musical creativity.  We know that taking part in musical activities is a life-changing, transforming, experience for individuals and for communities.  We want to share our passion for creating new music with groups of all ages.
Founded in 2004, we achieved charity status in 2007. 
OperaHouse was the force behind the 2006 performance of The Wind on the Moor in Haworth:
Commissioned by the Brontë Parsonage Museum , Haworth and run in partnership with the Museum, for four Bradford primary schools. 120 KS2 children participating with class teachers.  One term.
Themes:  The power of the imagination that enables us to empathise with and interpret the lives of people in the past; the injustice and randomness of events and circumstances that influence lives. 


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