On 12 February 2019, we brought Comfortable Classical to the Albany, Deptford, the first in a series of relaxed lunchtime concerts with our wind and string ensembles. These performances welcome anyone and everyone, and aim to bring you joy and relaxation through classical music and interaction with our musicians. Photographer Suzi Corker captured some beautiful moments in our first concert, presented below.
Our wind section – made up of a flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn – took it in turns to introduce their instruments. Here’s Dan Bates (Principal Oboe) familiarising our audience with the sound of an oboe reed—you’d be surprised how many tunes you could make with just that!
Some chose to draw what the music sounded like to them and to colour in while they listened. All the music played was based on nature and birdsong.
Everyone joined in in some sing-song, and we learnt some great moves from Waffy (Principal Clarinet) to do while singing rounds of a sea shanty.
Our audience was free to join our musicians in conversation throughout the performance and to move about when they needed to.
Enjoy more of Suzi’s wonderful photos below!
On 25 January 2019, we published From Bingo to Bartok, a free online publication with Orchestras Live and commissioned by the Baring Foundation. The publication details how orchestras are approaching relaxed performances and intergenerational concerts, along with case studies of projects that aim to improve older people’s live with classical music. Read more >>
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