The miracle of thousands of children playing together - Royal Albert Hall Concert UK

By Helen

28th April 2023

On 9 April 2023, more than 1,300 young musicians from around 24 countries assembled at the Royal Albert Hall for the Gala Concert of the British Suzuki Music Association (BSMA).

‘We were delighted and grateful to be able to bring everybody together for 2023,’ said BSMA trustee Paola De Carolis, ‘We were due to hold one in April 2020 but Covid happened and the event was cancelled.’

The performers are all students of the Suzuki Method and had memorised the entire programme, including a bespoke arrangement of Greensleeves for the occasion by composer Timothy Murray.

The Suzuki Method was brought to the UK by pioneering teacher Helen Brunner in the 1970s, having enrolled her children in classes in the US.

’The miracle of thousands of children playing together from all over Europe - from Iceland to Vietnam, from Argentina to Zimbabwe, is astonishing,’ she told The Strad. ’I always look forward to concerts like this. It demonstrates Suzuki philosophy in action so beautifully. I never get over the joy of listening to the music of our universal Suzuki repertoire.’

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