Supporting the Future
Educational development is a key aim of the Foundation to nurture new talent and bring the performing and visual arts to the next generation. Each year we seek supporters to help us ensure that Corfu maintains its historic and vibrant artistic tradition. We are delighted to announce our support for the following in 2015:
- Four students from the Ionian University to participate in a week’s masterclasses with the international soprano, Susan Bullock and tenor, Richard Berkeley Steele. These masterclasses were open to professional singers of some experience as well as a smaller number of promising undergraduate students from a Conservatoire or a Music Academy/University (at least in their final year of studies).
- Free attendance for singing students from the Ionian University to observe these masterclasses.
- Free attendance for singing students from the Ionian University at a concert given by the masterclass participants.
- Support for Danny Damaskinos, a very talented 15-year-old flautist in Corfu. The Foundation is funding William Dowdall, the international flautist, to travel to Corfu to give a concentrated week of tuition to help further Danny’s progress. Danny will also be in a concert in June supported by the Foundation.
- Participation of Rosa Poulimenou, Mezzo soprano – Head of Vocal Studies at the Ionian University, Department of Music Studies, in the 8th Crear Malcolm Martineau Masterclass in UK. Ms Poulimenou is also producing a special edition CD containing 16 of the songs of Napoleon Labelet, as well 3 of his piano pieces (see note below). The recording will take place in the United States this November, featuring Rosa Poulimenou (Mezzo Soprano) and the distinguished artists and professors, Dr Christina Wright Ivanova (pianist) and James Demler (baritone). The Corfu Arts Foundation is pleased to cover the cost of Ms Poulimenou’s travel.
Napoleon Labelet (1864-1932)
Son of musician Eduard Labelet, Napoleon was born in Corfu and died in London. He started his musical studies with his father then continued his studies at the San Pietro a Majella Conservatory in Naples on a scholarship from the Municipality of Corfu. After his studies he returned to Athens where he taught music privately. In 1893 he was invited by the Greek community of Alexandria, Egypt, to found a Music Academy. He went on to form a 60 member Greek Wind Orchestra and was its director from 1894-1896. In Alexandria he also worked as a music teacher. During his stay in Egypt he composed many works including a Soudanese Serenade and Thourion.
In 1898 he visited London after a long and successful tour of Europe and distinguished himself as a composer and conductor. It was here that he composed his most important operas such as The Dream of Pierrot and Fenella, the lyric comedies Giasmak and The Passage of Aphrodite, Pot Pourries, The Shadows’ Dance and Valentine.
He composed the music for the Hymn of St. John and a Liturgy commissioned by the Greek Orthodox Church of St Sofia in Bayswater, London where he was the choir master. He also composed many piano pieces and songs, the romance Why?, the interludes Anemones, Selection from a Musical Review, the Waltzes Electra, Roxanne, Vivienne and Gavottes. In addition, he composed the music for famous Greek lyrical texts of his era.