Lancashire Music Hub welcomed a new Music Director for one of its County Ensembles, Lancashire Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO), Karen Giudici, who brings a wealth of experience in music playing and teaching.
Karen Giudici studied the clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music and subsequently with internationally acclaimed clarinettists Andrew Marriner, Hans Deinzer and Eduard Brunner.
From 1994-2002 Karen worked as a freelance clarinettist with numerous acclaimed orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, Northern Ballet and Lancashire Sinfonietta.
Karen has also worked as a clarinet teacher and woodwind coach in a variety of places, including for the Lancashire Schools’ Training Orchestra as it was then called (now the LSSO). Karen spent 10 years as Director of Junior Music at Casterton School which also gave her the chance to work with a variety of ensembles throughout the whole school. During her time at Casterton, Karen’s school clarinet quartet reached the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth twice and also the final of the Pro Corda Chamber Music competition.
“I’ve always enjoyed variety in my work, which has included playing, teaching, coaching and working with choirs, orchestras, concert band, ensembles and musicals as well as adjudicating. I’m currently working as a woodwind and curriculum teacher throughout the North West and i’m delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the Lancashire Schools Symphony Orchestra and the young players”.
The Lancashire Schools Symphony Orchestra acts as a preparatory ensemble for the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra, providing young instrumentalists with their first experience of playing symphonic orchestral music. As a guide, the standard required for the LSSO is Grade 4 wind/brass and Grade 3 strings – new players are always welcome. Find out more about LSSO here.