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by Joanna Sopylo-Firrisa
Whether you have a young family or you're a grown-up single you'll enjoy Saturday Spectacular concerts by Southbank Sinfonia at Cadogan Hall.
On your marks, get set, go! Let musical athletes begin the competition. Bass is leading in the marathon, while the flute and trumpet are left far behind, but the flute player took the first prize in weight lifting. Ladies and gentleman, it is amazing! Forgive me the licentia poetica, but I still carry the emotions of the Saturday Spectacular concert by Southbank Sinfonia entitled "Musical Olympiad". Listening to the young musicians, conducted by Alice Farnham, dressed in their fitness uniforms, wearing trainers and having fun for the sake of the audience was a great way to start the weekend.
by Joanna Sopylo-Firrisa
It wasn't just a concert but great performance of classical music with a funny twist. Musicians played three classical pieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev and added modified variations to all of them. Lead by presenter Tim Steiner, they played Beethoven's Symphony no. 5 main theme in reverse and later on with their eyes covered. During one of the pieces they got the support of very young artists from Southbank Sinfonia Family Friends – it was a great teamwork. There were also sport competitions – musicians were scattered among the audience and played music illustrating different sports like fishing, tennis and sumo. The last one was a real highlight as two horn players were dressed in inflated sumo costumes and pretended to sumo fight.
All things were happening with participation of the audience. But even if you're a grown up and prefer not to clamp or give out any sounds, you can sit and observe. Families brought together for Saturday morning, children learning something and enjoying the fun instead of sitting in front of the computers. It is just great 45 minutes of entertainment. And after the concert you can head for a lunch at the market at Duke of York Sq. five minutes' walk from Cadogan Hall and just outside of the Saatchi Gallery.
If you arrive earlier than 11.30am, in foyer, you can meet the musicians showcasing their instrument and allowing children to try and play them. Even little babies under one year were trying and touching some instruments, maybe not completely aware of what's going on but at least having fun. There was also a chance to paint and guess musical riddles before the concert.
Southbank Sinfonia gathers 32 graduate musicians giving them a chance to develop their talents. Saturday Spectacular concerts are organised every couple of months. The next - "Musical Metropolis" will be on Saturday October 18th. It will be another family concert in which the building blocks of music will be explored through music by Bernstein (West Side Story), Mozart (Symphony No.40) and Tchaikovsky (Serenade for Strings). So if you are a fan of cranes and jackhammers it will be a pleasure to your ears.