WSFG students perform with the LSO
4 Students Make Music in Trafalgar Square
On Sunday, four of our students had the opportunity to perform in an open air concert with the London Symphony Orchestra. Congratulations to Ruby in Year 7, and Pearl, Sergina and Assa in Year 10.
The concert is the result of a partnership between the LSO and BMW who share the belief that great music is for everyone, whatever their background or situation. Now highly-anticipated in London’s musical calendar, BMW LSO Open Air Classics each year offers everyone who can be there, Londoners and visitors to the city alike, the opportunity to experience the LSO free and in the open air in Trafalgar Square. Large screens and state-of-the-art sound technology allow the whole crowd to witness the concert close-up, making the experience equally special at the back of the square as at the front. Here are some thoughts from our WSFG musicians ...
On Sunday evening, I played my flute to an audience of 10,000 people at Trafalgar Square. I performed in an orchestra made up of young musicians, Guild Hall students and members of the LSO. I really enjoyed the experience as it is in a once in a lifetime opportunity and I met many new people. Doing this was a great way to boost my confidence and that of other young musicians.
This was a wonderful experience as I learnt a lot more about ensemble playing and working in the brass section as a trumpet player. It was very exciting and I am so happy that I was involved. The experience has also inspired me to take up a new instrument, the tuba!
The concert showcased the work of the composer Rachmaninov and was conducted by the famous conductor, Valery Gergiev. We played an excerpt from The Symphonic Dances and a movement from his second symphony. I was offered this opportunity as I was chosen by the Waltham Forest Music Service. The event was great fun and really enjoyable for me. The atmosphere was electric and it was so satisfying to play in front of thousands of people. I play the bassoon and it was great to meet professional bassoon players and to play alongside them. It was a fantastic day and I would definitely love to do it again.
For the last four Sundays I have been rehearsing at various venues which enabled me to explore different areas of London. I enjoyed the rehearsals as we learnt about the character of Rachmaninov and it helped me to understand my instrument better. I play the viola. On the day of the performance, it was an exceedingly hot day but a very exciting experience, especially given the fact that we were conducted by Valery Gergiev. I was very pleased to have the opportunity.