Royal Academy Meet the Musicians – Four

Dart Music Festival at The Flavel Presents…
…a Session With Charles Hazlewood

8 String Musicians from The Royal Academy of Music

Meet the Musicians – Four
Michael Newman and Sam Becker

Michael Newman

Michael Newman is a Cellist in the first year his masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Mats Lidström.
Prior to this he studied at the Royal Northern College of Music under Nicholas Trygstad and at Chetham’s School of Music, with Sue Lowe and Chris Hoyle. 
Michael has a passion for learning and performing new music and as part of the contemporary ensemble ‘Khymerikal’ he performs regularly in a variety of contexts, including recently at Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Lancaster Jazz Festival and live on BBC Radio 3.
He is also passionate about chamber music of all kinds.
Michael has received several chamber music prizes from the Royal Academy, RNCM and elsewhere. Aside from being a keen classical player, he has a strong interest in Jazz and improvised music, and whilst being an accomplished Jazz bassist, pianist and singer he also explores improvisation on the Cello. Michael is also a composer and most recently had a work of his premiered at the Lancaster Jazz Festival and has an upcoming premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, he hopes to make as varied and all encompassing a career from music as possible.


Sam Becker

Having played the cello for a number of years, Sam decided to take up the double bass five years ago.

Sam has always loved the sound of the bass and was lucky enough to have been lent one at the time which fueled his enthusiasm and love for the instrument even more. 
Five years on Sam is now in his first year studying at the Royal Academy of Music. 
Sam also studies jazz bass as a second study and enjoys playing a wide range of styles exploring the instrument to its full potential. Sam hopes to one day travel the world to share and play music with different communities across the globe.

N.B. Although ALL the performances are free, you will need to book your ticket in advance from The Flavel:

Or call the Box Office on 01803 839530

 15th, 16th & 17th May 2015