West Lothian's Young Ambassador, Rebecca Smith, describes the first Young Ambassadors Forum and Lugansky Plays The Emperor, Sat 23rd Nov at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Encore: Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 6
The RSNO were on top form last night on the evening of our first RSNO Young Ambassador meeting. It was great to meet all the fellow ambassadors from across Scotland who are all so passionate about bringing music to young people! After our photo shoot we got down to the nitty gritty, and discussed in groups the ways in which we think we can improve the appeal of the RSNO and classical music to our peers. We were excited to find out that work experience for each of us will be arranged in June where we will get to work within our chosen area of the orchestra. We are potentially going to put on our own concert in an unusual venue to invite our friends to, allowing us to bring our favourite music to people our own age. We are really going to make a difference to youth music!
To begin the concert, the colours of the music by synesthete Messiaen were incredible, and were beautifully contoured by the world-class musician’s from the orchestra. The power of the orchestra was not with-held through the Emperor which was fantastic, and the powerful playing from Lugansky added his own passion to the piece. The intricate passage work from the wind section in particular in Symphonic Dances was extraordinary, and I loved the trumpet fanfare. The violin solo from the leader of the orchestra was exceptional, with a wild Russian edge to the sound and rich tone colour. The encore of Brahms was wonderful, and probably my favourite part of the whole concert!
I look forward to the developments of the Young Ambassador team over the next few weeks, and am excited to be attending the RSNO’s ‘Benedetti and Elschenbroich play Brahms’ on Saturday 14 December at 7.30pm in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Hope to see you there!
Rebecca is part of the RSNO's Young Ambassador scheme, arranged by the Learning and Engagement Department. For more information, visit the RSNO website.
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