Price: £25 per child (includes t-shirt)
Who for: Suzuki string and wind students currently playing from books 1-2 and Suzuki piano
students playing from books 2-3.
This series of Playtogethers for young Suzuki string, wind and piano players will be like
Kimberley says one of her favourite memories of growing up as a “Suzuki child” was the opportunity to make music with other children at events like this Playtogether. She is thrilled to be able to offer that opportunity to children from the UK and Europe.
Kim says “I look forward to watching the looks of enjoyment, determination and motivation on thousands of faces - from both participants and audiences - at the Royal Suzuki Gala Week in March next year”.
Open to Suzuki players from all over Europe and across the UK, this is an opportunity for students learning Suzuki Book 1 - 2 pieces to perform together under the direction not only of some of the UK’s finest Suzuki teachers, but also those who are joining us from overseas.
The Royal College of Music is situated directly across the road from the Royal Albert Hall. Children will have the opportunity to make new friends, play their instruments, be deeply inspired and feel very much part of the entire British Suzuki Gala Week.
All Playtogether participants will receive a special commemorative t-shirt, which they are of course invited to wear as audience members to the concert at the Royal Albert Hall concert.
The Royal College of Music is a prestigious and beautiful musical venue and as the College’s Director Professor Colin Lawson writes;
When the Prince of Wales founded the RCM in 1882, he was fiercely ambitious for the new institution, and sowed the seeds for the College’s remarkable subsequent success. He demanded from the RCM nothing less than the ‘encouragement and promotion of the cultivation of music as an art throughout the world’. As he himself said, there was at the time ‘no centre of music to which English musicians might resort with confidence and thence derive instruction, counsel and inspiration.’ The provision of scholarships was immediately an integral part of widening access and the press was quick to note that the initial intake of RCM students included ‘a mill-girl, the daughter of a bricklayer, the son of a blacksmith, and the son of a farm labourer.’
Within a dozen years the RCM had moved into its present iconic-building near to the Royal Albert Hall and a number of benefactors had laid the foundations for its unique collections of manuscripts and historic instruments.
The roster of RCM students in succeeding years is literally a Who’s Who of British music, including composers Benjamin Britten, Frank Bridge, Gustav Holst, Herbert Howells, John Ireland, Sir Michael Tippett, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Mark-Anthony Turnage, as well as eminent performers such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Colin Davis, John Lill, Sir Thomas Allen and Sir James Galway, to name but a few.
The BSI are delighted that the British Suzuki Gala week is being hosted at the RCM.