St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

The Versatile Duo

Tuesday, 21 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

The Versatile Duo

Verity Thirkettle - Violin
Giles Thirkettle - Violin


Deberiot - Violin Duet
Mozart - Violin Duets
Haydn - Violin Duets ii + iii
Delibes - Flower Duet
Deberiot - Violin Duet
Jazz Selection

The Versatile Duo are  award winning musicians, having won The Martin Musical Scholarship Award and Nansi Richards competition to name a few. Originally brought up in Pembrokeshire, the siblings, Giles and Verity Thirkettle have been performing in concerts together from a very young age: both in this country, Europe and the Channel Islands. They are usually accompanied by their father, John Thirkettle. As well as a Violin Duo, they are also a professional Violin& Harp duo. Verity set up "Truth Music" in 2011, which aims to bring live music around the community. As part of this, they regularly play with Theatre Companies, dance companies, as well as having many works written for them by eminent composers. The duo regularly performs in nursing homes, hospitals, and gives performance workshops in schools, and performs for special events. The Versatile Duo also performs in a variety of venues across Europe. Their repertoire is wide ranging from their serious Recital repertoire: Classical, Boroque, Romantic and modern works for Violin Duo and Violin and Harp, contrasting with their repertoire for special events: popular, folk, Jazz, light classical.

Giles Thirkettle began performing in public from a young age. He first performed as a singer and subsequently received a choral scholarship to study at Llandaff Cathedral School, Cardiff, where he became a student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama junior department, studying the violin with Barry Haskey. He continued his study on the violin at Wells Cathedral School as a 'specialist musician scholar', before gaining a place at Trinity College of Music, to study with Michael Bochmann. Giles graduated from Trinity with a BMUS (Hons) and MMUS degrees, also gaining the LTCL and FTCL diplomas in violin performance.
Performing has formed a big part of Giles' life. He has been on concert tour as soloist with the Haverfordwest Male Voice choir, performed at International Music Festivals, and as soloist with orchestras. Apart from his solo work, Giles plays with the English Symphony Orchestra and teaches for various music authorities across London.

Verity Thirkettle After initial lessons from her parents at a very young age, Pembrokeshire born Verity attended the Junior Department of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and studied with Kathryn Hardmann. Verity „s secondary education was at the prestigious Yehudi Menhuin School where she studied the Violin under Rosemary Warren-Green, Simon Fischer, Suzie Meszaros, Hu Kun and the harp with Gillian Tingay. Verity studied at Trinity College of Music with Michael Bochmann, and had occasional tuition from Ofer Falk, her harp teachers were Sioned Williams and Gabriella Dall‟olio. She recently graduated with a "Double "First Class Honours degree, Harp, and was awarded the TCM Silver Medal Award for outstanding contribution to the String Faculty over the four years. In recent years, she has received Violin masterclasses from eminent musicians including Pieter Schoeman, Rivka Golani, Dora Schwarzberg, Loutsia Ibragimova, Natasha Boyarskaya and Franco Mezzena. And harp masterclasses include: Frances Kelly, Xavier De Maistre, Letizia Bel Mondo, Sylvain Blassel, Isabelle Moretti, Isabelle Olivier, David Watkins, and Alison Martin.
As a young player, Verity won numerous prizes and awards in Festivals and competitions throughout Britain, including The Martin Musical Scholarship Award: for the most outstanding harpist, Nansi Richards Competition, the Most Outstanding Musician Award at the Abertawe Festival of Young Musicians, and prizes at several major Eisteddfodau in Wales. In 2009 she was BBC classical star's harpist. More recently, she was finalist in both the Leonard Smith Duo, and Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto competitions at Trinity, and got through to the second round of the BBC CO auditions for orchestral Violin in 2009. Verity's solo performances have been at prestigious festivals and venues throughout the UK, including The Wigmore Hall, The Fishguard International Music Festival, St David's Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Waltham Abbey, St. Paul's Covent Garden, and Blackheath Halls.
She has appeared as soloist with The Haverfordwest Male Voice Choir on tour in Europe in 1998.