RITA FERNANDES

Rita is an in house writer at Listen and Write. Make sure to check out her various articles which are listed below.

Rita is an London-based Australian and Swiss musician who has recently graduated from King’s College London and is currently an editorial assistant at the classical music magazine The Strad. Originally a violinist, she has now widened her musical horizons to include conducting, arts management, direction, musicology and music journalism. As a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, she played under notable musicians such as Simone Young, Manfred Honeck, Ray Chen and Hélène Grimaud. As part of the orchestra’s 2016 world tour, she performed in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Beijing and Shanghai art centres and the Sydney Opera House. In 2014, she moved to Switzerland to pursue violin at the Lausanne Conservatoire where she studied under François Sochard and Denitsa Kazakova and completed her certificate with a distinction in 2016. Keen to explore music more holistically, Rita then moved to London in 2017 to study a Bachelor of Music at King's College London, from which she has recently graduated with First Class Honours. She grew a passion for conducting and event managing while also continuing to freelance as a violinist in various London orchestras. As Music Director and Co-President of the Modern Music Society she conducted Britten’s Les Illuminations, Strauss’ Metamorphosen for 23 Strings, Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No.1, Webern’s 5 Pieces for Orchestra as well as works by King’s professors and students, such as Ed Nesbit’s Concerto, where she collaborated closely with the composer. She was also Music Director for King’s Opera’s 2019 production of The Threepenny Opera, during which she grew a passion for opera direction and will hence continue as Music Director and producer for the society’s 2021 virtual production of Don Giovanni. Rita also recently gained the title of Assistant Conductor of the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra, where she was also concertmaster from 2018 to 2020. She will be holding the position of Assistant Conductor, as well as that of orchestral manager, this coming year.


As an event manager, Rita’s has taken production and administrative roles in university societies and for various independent projects throughout London. She has frequently collaborated with the King’s Brazil Institute, showcasing contemporary Brazilian music as well as organised private concerts featuring works such as Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Bartok’s Divertimento. As a freelance violinist, Rita has held leading roles in many London orchestras and has taken part in a large range of projects ranging from classical to pop and experimental music. As a musicology student, she developed a keen interest in turn of the 20th century Viennese music, having written her final dissertation on the role of violence in Alban Berg’s opera Lulu. Rita also founded and is currently editor of the online cross-genre music magazine Listen and Write hosting articles by young musicians and herself. In this frame, she enjoys writing blogs, reviews and programme notes ranging from interdisciplinary approaches to music and experimentalism to folk music and the Second Viennese School.


All while working at The Strad, Rita hopes to continue conducting, production and freelancing. She aims to create her own musical projects furthering her interests in contemporary music, orchestral conducting, opera directing and interdisciplinary approaches to music.



Rita has written:

"Geotonality": Hearing Covid-19

Johannes Brahms / Symphony No.1 (1876)

Schoenberg and Webern: Viennese Explorations

Alban Berg / Altenberg Lieder Op.4 (1912)

Richard Strauss / Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)

East Meets East by Kroke and Nigel Kennedy

Jacob Kirkegaard / 4 Rooms (2006)

The Cycle: Why We Keep Coming Back

Alban Berg / Lulu (1935)

Music History's Indebtedness to Narcissism

Flute in Prog Rock: Why so Popular?

Ludwig van Beethoven / Symphony No.6 'Pastoral' (1808)

Rubber Soul: Humour and Humility in a Time of Progress

IT'S NOT TOO LATE: A Go-to List for Online Christmas Concerts!

The Illusion of Progress: A Violinist's Experience of Baroque Techniques

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