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Kong - Neneh Cherry

Work and Ethos

Rosie Bergonzi is a graduate of The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, having completed her masters in Advanced Instrumental Study in 2016 and being awarded a Fellowship in Percussion the following year. She studied at Goldsmiths, University of London for her BMus, awarded in 2014 with First Class Honours. Her studies were generously funded by the Nick Jack Award and the Hilda Martindale Foundation.

She is now an active musician, with notable performances including a world tour with Neneh Cherry (2018); BBC prom with the Chineke! Orchestra (2017); Musical Rumpus, an interactive opera for toddlers (2017); A sell out performance of Drumming, performed to Steve Reich himself (2016); a solo set in the Barbican’s Sound Unbound Festival (2015) and winning the Goldsmiths Concerto contest (2014) allowing her to perform as soloist in the Ney Rosaruo Vibraphone Concerto (2015).

Rosie is a founding member of the all female percussion group Beaten Track Ensemble. She co-created Handpan and Saxophone duo Boubakiki who released their debut EP in January 2018. Founding member of children's theatre troupe Wrangle who are looking forward to their debut concert at Wigmore Hall this summer.

In addition to performing, Rosie is also passionate about creating music in a community setting. She leads and facilitates workshops including collaborative song-writing and instrumental pieces; and presenting sharings. She’s recently worked with English National Opera, Spitalfields Music, Wigmore Hall, Aurora Orchestra and the Chineke! Foundation to deliver music sessions to groups across the UK.

In her spare time Rosie enjoys sport; holding a black belt in Karate (Wado-Ryu) and playing football with her local team 'Bend it like Peckham'. She is currently studying comedy improvisation with the theatre Hoopla and learning French.

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