Landmark performance Royal Albert Hall, London
Something wonderful happened at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27 March, Easter day, 2016.
The British Suzuki Institute hosted a Suzuki Gala Concert in this iconic, prestigious hall for 1,300 young Suzuki players from all over Europe (and some from beyond).
The musical energy from the children contributed to our afternoon of sublime music. They performed in all instruments - violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, recorder, piano, guitar and harp (44!) were all represented, as well as our two newcomer Suzuki instruments, mandolin and organ . The concert was unforgettable, and a professional DVD has been made to capture this amazing performance.
No-one could possibly have imagined the strength and power to come from those young Suzuki players. They dazzled the packed audience. Every moment was thrilling and sweetly touching. Picture 120 violinists in the Mendelssohn concerto, a stage full of cellos playing the ‘Swan’, Mozart’s delicious ‘Arietta’ with 20 perfect little pianists and a rousing Monti Czardas for 400, which brought the house down . The listeners were in tears much of the time.
Tim Murray brought together the many cross-over pieces when all instruments played with his clever piano and string accompaniments which were performed by the Gala Ensemble (young professional Suzuki players). Tim's 'Medley' which closed the first half was just genius.
Players represented Suzuki studios from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Isles, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA and Zimbabwe. Although the children spoke over 22 different languages (many spoke no English), the significance of Dr Suzuki’s common repertoire was wonderfully manifest in front of our eyes. Music was the common tongue.
The concert was compèred brilliantly by the charismatic and beautiful Clemency Burton- Hill - she too was a Suzuki kid. Clemency could be seen hastily grabbing a fiddle to join in the Bach Double with us, and the Czardas too. Clemency spoke so eloquently about the purpose of this concert reaching out far beyond the music to the heart of Dr Suzuki's intention to make the world a better place through fine education.
The occasion was truly amazing, raising the level of international Suzuki performances. We did it!. You did it ! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the hard work that went into creating this new landmark!
A DVD of the concert is available here