Monday 16 January 2012
The RCM - Bringing People Together!
Throughout 2012, RCM soloists and ensembles are once again entertaining audiences in free concerts in London’s most prestigious venues. And the year got off to a very memorable start, as RCM violinist Galya Bisengalieva reports:
“Our concert at the Victoria and Albert Museum went very well! Not only was it superbly attended – with many people having to stand as there were not enough seats – but we also had the extra excitement of playing whilst somebody proposed!
A mystery member of the public contacted us through our website www.gaglianoensemble.com and asked us to play a certain piece. We decided that it would work best as an encore, so as we came on stage for our final bow, our violist Robert said that “somebody has a special announcement to make and we have some suitable music for the occasion!”
We started playing Brahms Piano Quartet in c minor op.60 - III. Andante. The mystery gentleman – whom we saw for the first time – came to the front row where he had sat his fiancée to be, he proposed successfully, the audience clapped and we finished our encore. It was a great ending to a very enjoyable concert!”
Among future concerts is a very special free event on Friday 20 January at the National Gallery. Three RCM composers have written works in response to Michelangelo’s great unfinished painting “The Entombment”. Their works will receive their world premiere performances in Room 8 of the National Gallery, directly in front of the painting itself. For more information on the concert visit the concert website.
For details of our concerts across London, visit our dedicated website.