LYDIA SCADDING

ACCOMPANIST

Lydia read Music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, graduating in 2010 with a Double First. She went on to study for a Masters in Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music under John Byrne, for which she was awarded a Distinction. While at Cambridge, she won first prize in the 2009 CUMS Concerto Competition, and went on to win the Nigel Brown Award in her final year for achieving the highest recital score. In December 2009 she achieved Distinction in her LRSM Performance Diploma. Lydia attended Wells Cathedral School as a Specialist music scholar from the age of 9, studying piano with Hilary Coates and violin with Tricia Noall. During her time at WCS she was successful in several national competitions such as the Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition (winner, 2005) and BBC Young Musician of the Year (piano finalist, 2006).

As a soloist and chamber musician, Lydia has given numerous concerts across the UK and in Switzerland, Spain and China. She has performed in the Bath and Cheltenham International Music Festivals, and in venues such as Symphony Hall, St. Georges, Brandon Hill, and the Sage, Gateshead. Lydia has given concerto performances under Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Chris Adey.

Lydia returned to WCS in September 2013 to work as a piano teacher and accompanist, which she combines with freelance duo playing.

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