Sunday 25th April, 2021, 2.30pm, was the launch of Music Stories via a live concert on Zoom.
Six incredible musicians showcased some of their original work created during lockdown, alongside live performances from their own homes. We were in awe of the musical talent on display!
The full recording is available to view here, for those who couldn’t make it.
Lyrit Milgram, a Canadian born violinist, who studied at the Purcell School, Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music, started with a performance from her home of Marsali’s “As the Wind Goes” from Fiddle Dance Suite, followed by Piazzolla’s Tango Etude No. 3 to celebrate Piazzolla’s 100th birthday.
Lydia Griffiths then followed with a performance of pieces from Telemann’s Fantasie No.9 then Britten, Pan and Arethusa from 6 Metamorphoses After Ovid. It was great to hear the oboe in its’ full glory with these solo pieces.
Even with such simple technical set up from their homes, it was a pleasure to hear such brilliantly played music and to meet the musicians live created a really personal experience.
Violeta Vicci took us then into the world of nature with her uniquely pre-recorded live streams in nature. There was a captivating rendition of Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams filmed on a beach, followed by an impression rendition of Bach’s Sarabande from the 5th Cello Suite, on an octave viola, set at the side of a river. Both were wonderful and magical performances, that took us out of our lockdown homes into a different world.
This was followed by Jonathan Radford, one of the leading classical saxophonists of this time. He started with one of his pre-recorded lockdown recordings; a creative arrangement of Vitali’s Chaconne in G Minor, arranged and multi-tracked by Jonathan himself. In contrast he then did a unique and live performance of Barry Cockroft’s Rock Me for solo alto saxophone; showing a true mastery of the instrument – a must see!
Next was a pre-recording of Franck’s Violin Sonata from Emily Sun, accompanied by Ashley Fripp. Anyone who has played this before or is currently learning this great piece, should listen to this version from Emily. Emily is a multi-international prize-winning violinist who grew up in Sydney Australia and studied at the Royal College of Music in London. She was away recording her next album, but this specially created performance was a pleasure to watch.
The finale performance was then given live by Mariya Kaganskaya from her home in the US. This performance is likely to convert all non- opera fans to opera fans, with the energy, personality and musical expression given throughout her four pieces! Mariya took us through the ages, with Handel’s “Ombra Mai Fu” from Serse, Mozart’s “Voi Che Sapete” from Le Nozze di Figaro, Bizet’s “Habanera” from Carmen and then ending with Strauss’s “Sein wir wieder gut” from Ariadne auf Naxos.
Music Stories was a concept which was thought up pre-Covid; to create a single platform for musicians to be better represented online for the variety of musical activities they do; teaching, performing, accompanying, arranging, composing, conducting and running group lessons and masterclasses. In the Covid and post-Covid era, it provides both an opportunity for registered users of Music Stories to book all of these experiences, directly with the musicians online. Music Stories is intended to support musical education and make this as accessible and inclusive as possible.
The launch concert highlights the standard of talent that the site represents.
With music retailers, music funds and schools involved as Partners, the site has a unique positioning against other performance or teaching sites and puts the musician, and all their talent, into an accessible world online.
Make sure you register to the site to receive updates and to book the musicians!
by Fiona (Chief Storyteller, Music Stories)