Open rehearsals

15 Jun

One wednesday afternoon in June 2004, I had just left my 4 and a half year old at the toddlers’ music workshop led by Vanessa when, on my way out, I picked up a leaflet about a community choir. As I started to read it, I heard:’ it is a good choir, I am the choir director’. That was Gareth. That same evening, I came to my first rehearsal and I never looked back..

Among the most enjoyable offers of the Discovery scheme though, are the open rehearsals of the LSO at St Luke’s. Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity to attend the ones I could (in the evening – alas they are rare). It is a fascinating experience and a true privilege ( it is the LSO!). I have been to (orchestra) rehearsals before, in venues like the Opera House in Covent Garden or Avery Fisher Hall in New York but nothing beats the intimacy ( and the acoustics) of the Jerwood Hall. Being so close means you can really watch the musicians and the conductor ( such grace! It is like watching ballet..), understand who does what and when, and the direct (and subsequenlty the reverberation) sound that comes out is so powerful. The brass section in particular. I have especially thoroughly enjoyed the rehearsals of new pieces sponsored by the Panifik scheme. Listening to newly written music in the presence of the composer gives an appreciation of the piece, however ‘modern’ it may be. The repeats, the queries of the musicians, the indications of the composer and the input of the conductor mean that you get an understanding of the musical themes, of the harmonic structure, of the frame, of the language – everything that makes music which may sound atonal at first ( to the untrained ear) eventually familiar, enjoyable and exciting. In my view, a fabulous way to musically educate oneself.

Sandrina Carosso


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