Freelance Bassoonist and Animateur

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Hi, I'm Ruth

I’m a freelance animateur and bassoonist and currently work all over the United Kingdom. Half English and half Venezuelan, I grew up in the Lake District, before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and at Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater. 

In 2013 I was accepted onto the Spitalfields Music Animateur Trainee Scheme and since then have been increasingly in demand as a concert presenter and workshop leader.

I have presented schools and family orchestral concerts for the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the City of London Sinfonia, the Brandenburg Sinfonia, Deal Festival, the Multi Storey Orchestra, and Southbank Sinfonia and I’ve led creative music workshops for the City of London Sinfonia, the Brillig Ensemble, the Southbank Sinfonia and assisted on workshops for the the Britten Sinfonia, the Bath Phil and at the Wigmore Hall.

“Ruth has a very natural workshop leading style and kids respond straight away to her warm, friendly and enthusiastic approach.”

– Gillian Gibbs – City of London Sinfonia

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City of London Sinfonia

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with Ruth on a number of projects. Our musicians also love working with her as she is very much ‘one of them’ and there is an immediate trust created between music leader and orchestra. We’ve had wonderful feedback from audience members who attended concerts that Ruth presented.”

Helen Blythe - Royal Northern Sinfonia

Ruth presents her concerts in a passionate and engaging way. She has an ability to make the music interesting and accessible to children.

Clare Brockenbrow - Royal Northern Sinfonia

So today we went to the ‘classics for kids’ performance at the Sage and thought it was absolutely fantastic. We went for the 2 seven year olds but the 2 three year olds were engrossed throughout too. And the adults learned a lot. It is pitched perfectly for kids with lots of interaction as well as teaching the kids (and grown ups) the technical terms and what to listen for in each piece of music. Today they concentrated on the violin and the next session will be the French horn. Honestly hugely recommended to everyone!

Anonymous - Royal Northern Sinfonia

My family and I thought the concert absolutely brilliant and very informative. Ruth the presenter was fabulous and so inspiring. A wonderful afternoon of music. Thank you so much. Our 7year old granddaughter has come to stay for half term and is at present learning to play the cello so I felt it was a great opportunity to see it being played within an orchestra. She loved the concert. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy classical music. Thank you so much.

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