Charis Sykesud - Leader

Charis Sykesud began playing the violin at eight years old, having already discovered her love for music through learning the piano.  She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at Watford Grammar School for Girls, with Susan Collier as her violin teacher and Winnie Wu as her piano teacher, before taking her undergraduate degree in Music at the University of York.  She continued at the university and, in September 2017, completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Practice on the violin with Distinction, taught by William Leary.

Since leaving university, Charis has been studying the violin with Nathaniel Vallois.  In September this year, she will start learning with Cecily Ward as she commences a Masters in Music at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Charis led the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra in repertoire such as Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and the University of York’s Symphony Orchestra in Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7.  Her orchestral experience has taken her on tour to Berlin and Madrid and she hopes to have many more opportunities to travel as a musician.

Charis has been the leader of the Watford Youth Sinfonia since it was founded in 2014, performing works including Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.  In March 2017, she was the soloist with the WYS in Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 and, in July 2018, Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy.  Charis led the Misbourne Symphony Orchestra for its 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.  She enjoyed taking the opportunity of performing Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending in November 2018 and Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in March 2019 with the orchestra.