The Da Capo summer school ended last Friday with the usual concert – a relaxed and happy performance of work from the week’s singing and playing.
As in previous years, it was wonderful to see such a joyful collaboration in music making, involving everyone from very little children who’ve just started playing an instrument to teens to professionals. I’m always overwhelmed by what a fantastic opportunity this is for children who are learning: to make music with talented and experienced players, to work with them as their equals and collaborators in the performance. Huge thanks and congratulations to the amazing Da Capo team: Jane Cutler and Michelle Groves, and the brilliant teachers!
Wonderful music as always from John Ashton Thomas, and I felt very moved to hear the words come to life in the children’s singing and with the accompaniment of the orchestra. I love this exercise in collaborative creation – a counterpoint and important balance to the solitariness of novel writing.
And there was free chocolate!