My wonderful Music College had many subjects on its curriculum – instrumental technique, concert programming, history, harmony, repertoire – as you’d expect. Perhaps its greatest lesson was to make its students go beyond the comfort zone of its four walls and to play in non-traditional venues. Which is how I found myself, some years ago, in a minibus in outback Australia with a fellow musician (French Horn), three actors, a dancer (ex-Moulin Rouge) and a craftswoman, travelling hundreds of miles and giving concerts and workshops in towns from Darwin to Alice Springs.
‘Arts-go-Round’ did just that; we performed in our own discipline, and collaborated in a Grande Finale to end a day spent working at the chosen venue. Thrown in at the deep end, we learnt to adjust, adapt, think on our feet and present music/drama/dance and art/craft in a way that would connect with any audience, anywhere.
I write this because on Friday a Revolution is starting in London: a Classical Revolution, non-militant and non-violent, and I’m delighted to be a part of it. It takes Classical Music to different sorts of venues in order to reach the parts of a potential audience that others cannot reach. In the Red Hedgehog in Highgate on March 23rd, and in the Green Carnation in Soho on March 27th, classical musicians will perform in a convivial, relaxed atmosphere, and I hope you’ll be there. Further information here.
One question remains, however. ‘So what is the dress code?’ I asked.
‘Revolutionary!’ came the response. 🙂
Hmmm…revolutionary dress images on the web are a bit grungy, and the French Revolution’s iconic image for female attire (above) is draughty, to say the least. But I’ll think of something.
Now where’s my beret…