In the past, very few reputed Indian musicians such as Lata Mangeshkar, Shaan and Shreya Goshal, among others, have had the privilege of performing at the most prestigious music venue in the world — the Royal Albert Hall in London. Now, 12 students from Pune are all set to join the list.
The 15 violinists who have been selected to perform on Easter Sunday during the British Suzuki Gala week to be held in London in March 2016 are from Suzuki School of Violin, Pune. The students are aged 6-15 years.While 12 students will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall, three will be performing at the Royal College of Music.
Rama Chobhe, their teacher at the Suzuki School, said, “It is a very proud moment. I have been associated with the kids for so long that it was equally a big moment for me as it would be for the parents. It is a very big thing that the students will be performing at Royal Albert Hall. Their hard work has paid off.”
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Chobhe added that the Suzuki method of learning violin emerges from the belief that there is a need of right environment to learn music as people are capable of learning from their environment. While some of the students in the group have been learning the instrument for the past 2-3 years, some began at a tender age of two-and-a-half years and have continued their training.
The British Suzuki Gala Week, which will showcase of the International Suzuki Community, will be held from March 26 to March 31.
The scheduled programmes for the gala are going be held at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal College of Music. The Royal Albert hall will witness 1,000 performers and 11 different instruments will be played at the venue.
Swapna Damerla, whose child has been learning violin for eight years, said, “After he started learning violin, everyone in the family also started to understand western classical music, right from his grandmother to me. The learning has also strengthened the bond between me and my son. There are times when it’s frustrating and the child does not want to practice, but that has taught me the most important thing, to not give up and it is the same for my son as well.’’
Rahil Barnabas, a student selected from the academy for the performance, said, “I have been learning violin for eight years now. There were times when I thought I should give up because I didn’t like to practice, but I did not. I am glad that this has given me an opportunity to perform at the British Suzuki Gala Week.”
Abhilasha Chopda, mother of one of the 15 children, said when she first told her child about the performance, she did not understand the enormity but later went and searched for the picture on the Internet and was amazed at the enormity of the Royal Albert Hall. She was now excited at the mere thought of performing there.