British Suzuki Gala Concert


Director: Helen Brunner

Presenter: Clemency Burton-Hill

Venue: Royal Albert Hall

Date: Sunday 27 March

Time: 3pm (doors at 2.30pm)

Duration: 2.5hours with interval

Audience tickets: £15-£90 (includes t-shirt for child ticket holders) with concessions offered

Participation fee: £50 for UK participants (BSI members), £60 for European participants. Fee is per child and includes rehearsals, concert participation and t-shirt.


Note: The Playtogether does not conflict with the Gala Concert, families will be able to attend both events!


From 12 October 2015, Suzuki students from across the UK and Europe are invited to apply to participate in this concert taking place on Easter Sunday 27 March 2016. Once applications have been received, one thousand successful candidates will  be invited to register to perform with their Suzuki peers on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall. Participation in this concert is by application and must be approved by the Concert Director. All participants must meet the required musical standard for their instrument. All participants must be available to attend rehearsals from 9am on both Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March 2016. Applications open 12 October 2015.

Inside the Royal Albert Hall
Suzuki Flute

Minimum Suzuki level required to participate in the concert, by instrument is:

Violin: Suzuki Book 3 and over

Viola: Suzuki Book 3 and over

Cello: Suzuki Book 2 and over

Piano: Suzuki Book 3 and over by audition

Flute: Suzuki Book 2 and over

Recorder: Suzuki Book 2 and over

Mandolin: By invitation

Harp: By invitation

Guitar: By invitation

Now this will be special. That you can be sure of. This concert, the brainchild of British Suzuki Gala Concert Director and Suzuki visionary, Helen Brunner, will present the very best of Suzuki from across Europe and the UK. Just imagine it:

One thousand children. Performing beautiful music from heart. Together. Live on stage. In the beating heart of the classical music world,  at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

To add to the concert’s feeling of ceremony, the British Suzuki Institute is honoured that Professor Koji Toyoda, President of the Talent Education Research Institute in Japan, will be our International VIP guest at this significant event - Europe’s largest ever children’s Suzuki concert.

Helen Brunner Suzuki Teacher

Helen Brunner

Koji Toyoda

Koji Toyoda

Clemency Burton-Hill

Clemency Burton-Hill

A fine violinist, a charismatic man and Dr Suzuki's direct musical descendant, Professor Toyoda will lend his passion and support to the concert and proceedings. We are delighted and so very grateful that he has agreed to come to London specifically  to support the British Suzuki Gala Week.

To give the concert an intimate and personal feel, it will be presented by the BBC Radio 3 presenter, classical music lover and former Suzuki violinist Clemency Burton-Hill (as a child Clemency learned Suzuki violin with Helen). Alongside the performances by the children on stage, Clemency’s positive attitude and energy will ensure a lovingly presented musical concert of the very highest standard.

As well as Clemency’s fantastic energy and genuine love for the event, the performances of our young Suzuki musicians will be supported by the British Suzuki Ensemble – a group of UK Suzuki teachers  and players of the highest musical calibre led by Kate Conway.

With an exciting repertoire, a wide range of instruments showcased and more children on stage performing than has ever been seen in Europe before; the British Suzuki Gala Concert really will be something special that you won’t want to miss - a musical delight for participants and audience alike.

Involvement in this concert is a big undertaking for all participants – it will require them not only to perform together on stage at one of the world’s largest and most prestigious performing arts venues, but also to attend rehearsals the day prior and in the morning of the concert. The children will need to be comfortable on a large stage and have the stamina for rehearsals over two days.

The British Suzuki Institute hopes that the beginner Suzuki students will aspire to participate in such a concert in the future. The more advanced Suzuki students performing on this famous stage will have worked hard to get where they are and can rightfully enjoy being profiled at this event.

The concert will end in jubilant fashion, with audience members invited to wave flags. In addition to the concert itself, some London tour opportunities will be available for the following day for those that wish to take in the sights.

Suzuki Violins

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