Music at Heart - Suzuki Recorder in York

Posted in Music at Heart category on 20th October 2012

Music at Heart pupils and Minster Minstrels meet Red Priest

"The best music-making comes when you feel totally free and abandoned," Piers Adams told Music at Heart recorder pupils and Minster Minstrels, as he described his experience of performing in some of the most exciting venues in the world. Visiting York to give a performance of their programme, Nightmare in Venice, Red Priest members answered questions from an invited audience of young musicians, giving insights into what inspired them to take up their instruments as children, how they go about choosing music to play for concerts and rehearsing it, and life on the road as touring professionals.

Piers, a Patron of the British Suzuki Institute, showed some of his favourite recorders, talking about their care and maintenance, and explained how some are made to order to make particular pieces easier or more effective to play. Suzuki pupils in the audience were interested to hear the players' advice on memorisation, and Minster Minstrels working towards their Arts Awards were able to gather a wealth of material for their journals.

Minster Minstrels wrote reviews of the concert, 'Nightmare in Venice':