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LSSO Anniversary Concert

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The CYM@50/LSSO@70 Anniversary Concert at the Barbican Hall on May 25th in London showcased the breadth of opportunities that the LSSO and the Centre for Young Musicians offers to young musicians in London in 2022, through the weekly provision of the Saturday Centre and the short courses held during school holiday periods.

The experience of playing in a major concert is one that members of the LSSO have become familiar with but for the younger students involved in the chorus and those playing in the Saturday Centre ensembles it was a particularly exciting occasion, and one that everyone involved could be truly proud of, including the hugely supportive parents of the performers.

Alumni of CYM and the LSSO also took part in the finale – Jonathan Dove’s specially arranged version of “There Was a Child”, while many others were in the audience.

The concert showed how music impacts the lives of people through the generations and demonstrated what can be achieved through regular, progressive access to high quality music education, whether it leads to a career in music or simply a lifelong love of it.

How did the LSSO help you start your career?

To be completely honest, I was never an amazing cellist. I was never a cellist that would make you cry with performances. What I did love was the sense of playing together

What impact did the LSSO have on me musically?

When I was in the LSSO before, I had noticed the difference between what it felt like to see a conductor and to be conducted as a player and understand what all those random gestures meant

What does it mean to be in the LSSO?

It's just almost magical. There's so many people sitting there with you and you can feel it almost in the air, especially when the performance goes especially well, you can almost touch the magic in the air. It's absolutely stunning

Why do we need a range of people involved in the music world for it to flourish?

I've seen people go from being pretty good players to some of the best I know. And it wasn't necessarily because of the advantages they were given earlier, but because of their determination and what they wanted to do with their life

What advice would you give to younger musicians?

I think if you have a dream, you need to follow it, no matter what people say. Stick to your vision and you will get there, because going into music, a lot of people are going to tell you that it's impossible or that you're never going to be able to do it. If you want to do it, you can

What are your plans for the future?

When I was in the LSSO I had some experiences which have left such a mark on me and still means so much to me today

How do you benefit?

I was so nervous, so nervous the first time I played at the Barbican, but after I finished the concert, it was really emotional and I just wanted to do it all over again

What have you achieved?

And then Covid came along and I broke my arm during lockdown and I wasn't sure whether I would ever play the violin again. But after a few months it was ok and I got the opportunity to audition for the orchestra and then thankfully I got in and I got to perform at the Barbican, playing Stravinsky in Debussy and it was just amazing