The Musicians of Orchestra London continued their commitment to the community by presenting a joint workshop and concert with the Forest City Talent Education string program on Saturday, February 21, 2015. “From the moment the first note was played, the students were enthralled,” said Kerri MacDonell, mother of four children enrolled in the FCTE. “The Musicians of Orchestra London and the FCTE programme are both absolute treasures. Our community would not be the same without them.
Concertmaster Joe Lanza addressed parents and students saying, “This is an important day for us, as it is our first educational activity since OLC closed its doors and it is the first time that we have collaborated with FCTE. Education and working with young musicians is a passion for us and it is very fulfilling for us to be with you today.”
The morning session began with the professional musicians and students sitting side-by-side in an orchestral rehearsal. The Musicians of Orchestra London then presented a short concert featuring some selections from Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The workshop culminated with students joining the Musicians of Orchestra London to perform a movement from Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.
The FCTE Saturday Morning Program was founded by Patrick Burroughs 28 years ago and he was delighted with the results of this first collaborative effort, “The sound created when members of our Senior Orchestra played Tchaikovsky with the professional musicians was so strong and creative that it will last in our students’ memories for a long time. Thanks to Joe Lanza and his colleagues for the inspiration they brought to us all. It was a wonderful brush with professional performers.”
In closing, MacDonell added, “We really hope an orchestra returns to London soon. This concert was an unparalleled opportunity for our young FCTE musicians, and it was a critical step forward for the Musicians of Orchestra London. We wish them well – may they be back soon to fill our lives with passion and beauty.”