On Saturday 16 November, Eva will be joining our orchestra of intrepid beginners and rusty amateurs for the fifth annual Musical Chairs fundraiser - this year in the spectacular surroundings of Westminster School in the heart of Central London. We spoke to Eva to find out what is bringing her back for her third time, and why you should join her. Click here to out more about Musical Chairs and sign up today!
This will be your third time at Musical Chairs, so you're now a real Musical Chairs veteran! What made you sign up for the 2019 event?
I really enjoy the event both on the day - playing with an orchestra and practicing together - but also the lead up: picking up the instrument and learning the parts. It gives me a reason to play an instrument for a few months.
What has been your highlight from being involved in Musical Chairs in the past?
Getting help from one of the students with a section I found tricky - very helpful and friendly.
What instrument are you learning this year, why did you choose it and what is going to be the biggest challenge about learning it?
I think I will play the flute again, as I have one and I played as a kid. I was daunted picking it up two years ago but feel more confident now so hope to be able to play the more complex part. I love how Musical Chairs offers versions of parts from absolute beginners to intermediate and more advanced. I’m definitely not advanced but intermediate should work!
How do you feel about the repertoire this year?
(all from our WordPlay season exploring music and language - Verdi's Anvil Chorus, Ghanaian folk song A Keelie Makolay, Henry VIII's Pastime with Good Company)
I love the folk song addition! Looking forward to learning all of them.
What is it about Orchestras for All that you like supporting?
Music is magical, it brings out your imagination and emotions, playing an instrument in a group setting is a fantastic way to connect both with yourself and others. Orchestras for All offers a unique opportunity for young people to get access to ensemble music which will teach them great life skills from patience and perseverance to trust in each other and enjoying a shared moment.
What advice would you give to someone considering signing up this year?
Just do it. It is fun and while you have to do some practising you will benefit immensely from the experience!
What are you waiting for?! Sign up today!