On December 1, 2018, Colleen Ferguson, violinist and IUP Department of Music faculty member, presented a violin recital at the Stanford Society Annual Festival Symposium
in London, England. The 2018 Festival took place at the Imperial College, London.
Ferguson performed a program consisting entirely of English music for violin and piano composed by C. V. Stanford and his contemporary colleague, Charles H.H. Parry.
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924) was one of the leading musicians of his generation and had a profound effect on the development and history of English music as a performer, conductor, composer, teacher and writer. He was a founding faculty member
of the Royal College of Music in London, where he taught composition and directed the RCM orchestra and opera programs. His students include many of the most recognizable names in British music of the early 20th century, including Ralph Vaughan Williams,
John Ireland, Gustav Holst, Frank Bridge, Rebecca Clarke, and Charles Wood, to name a few.
There has been a revival of interest in Stanford’s music over the past two decades and an increasing number of his works are now available in recording.
The Stanford Society’s mission is to promote a wider appreciation of, and interest in, the life and music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Ferguson is a board member of the Stanford Society and a member of the Annual Festival Planning Committee.