Ruth studied Music at Magdalen College, Oxford. While there she was President of the College Music Society and held numerous piano recitals. She then went on to take a Masters in Music Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music. She was awarded the College’s Schubert medal at the Schubert Chamber weekend, attained an LRSM diploma in piano performance and played in master classes for pianists Christian Blackshaw, Leslie Howard, Polina Leschenko, Mei Yi Foo, Louis Lortie and Paul Lewis. Ruth also has the dipABRSM, which she passed with distinction.
Ruth introduced each item at the recital with information about the work, including its social, political and historical context. Chopin’s Barcarolle op.60 in F-sharp minor, for example, is based on the traditional songs of Venetian gondoliers, whilst Schubert’s D.899 Impromptus in G-flat and A-flat major were written at a time when the piano was first becoming available for domestic playing. The Moonlight Sonata, composed by Beethoven as he was starting to lose his hearing, was only named as such after his death. Gerschwin’s Preludes served as an interesting contrast, with the second one known as a ‘lullaby’.
“We are extremely lucky to have such a gifted pianist with us at the College,” says Department Manager Charlie Fordham. “Ruth’s recital was an inspiration to us all, whether students, parents and staff, and an excellent opportunity for everyone to come together and share their love of music.”