Artist in Residence

Each year Kingswood welcomes professional artists to Kingswood to work with our pupils. The Artist in Residence for 2019 is violinist David Bester, currently employed as the Strings lecturer at NMU. We are very excited to share in his expertise and experience as a performer and teacher. He will present three Master Classes* at the college this year. 


The Artist in Residence programme, born out of the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) initiative, was launched in 2018 as a catalyst for creativity and inspiration for both music pupils at Kingswood and the greater Grahamstown community. The programme gives our pupils the chance to interact, collaborate and learn from successful professional artists, fueling their passion for learning their chosen instruments and opening up their minds to music beyond the school walls. 

Renowned cellist Caleb Vaughn-Jones was the very first artist in 2018. Caleb presented two concerts in the Chapel throughout 2018 as well as three masterclasses for the music pupils. In these classes, he worked closely with the string students, offering advice and insight into their technique and musicality. Additionally, he presented a workshop to the subject music pupils about general ensemble playing skills. He also presented a lecture to the college about his business venture, which records music for video games.