Hello! We are Claudia and Sofia Tarrant-Matthews, two sisters
from Wellington New Zealand, currently fundraising to begin our
Master of Arts in violin performance at the Royal Academy of Music
in September this year.
In 2018 we both finished our Bachelor of Music in violin and
piano performance at the New Zealand School of Music, and we are
thrilled to take this next step towards making our dreams of
becoming professional musicians a reality. Claudia is especially
excited to have been accepted into the class of György Pauk; a
world renowned soloist and professor.
The master of arts programme at the Royal Academy of Music is a
two-year qualification which involves lots of performing, including
solo, chamber and orchestral playing. As sisters we have been
playing together since we were very young, and would love the
opportunity to continue working together as a team in an exciting
new environment. We are also looking forward to the cultural change
of living in such a thriving city, surrounded by amazing music and
many concerts to see!
In the UK, international fees are currently very high, with the
total cost for one year of study at the Royal Academy being over
$47,000. As well as this, the cost of living in London is not cheap
either! We are very lucky to have received partial funding from the
Royal Academy, as well as applying for a few New Zealand based
scholarships. We will be heading over to London at the start of
September to prepare for classes beginning on the 16th, so we have
the next 2 months to confirm funding and accommodation.
Thanks for your interest in our campaign, we would love for you
to join us on our journey to London!
Claudia & Sofia