Just a few days ago, I posted a blog about a visit some Rotary and Finland friends and I had made to the V & A Museum in Brompton Road. I mentioned a concert that we attended at the Royal College of Music. I cannot resist telling you a bit more about it.
The orchestra was the RCM Philharmonic which comprised music students, almost all undergrads, at the college. The programme was exclusively Spanish but composed by French composers (Bizet’s Carmen Suite No.1, Ravel’s Bolero and Chabrier’s Espana), a Brazilian (Villa Lobos, Fantasia for soprano sax) and only one Spanish composer (Manual de Falla, The Three Cornered Hat, Suite No.1).
What a brilliant concert. These youngsters gave their all in a performance they obviously enjoyed. There were some true moments of magic. One of the best for me was the delightful duet between the saxophone and the solo viola in the de Falla. It was simply enchanting. And I’d never before heard the Bolero concluded by a standing orchestra. That was stunning, too.
Well done girls and boys. You were brilliant!