Today we had a fabulous morning listening to the amazing Halle Orchestra and music inspired by the British Isles at the Bridgewater Hall here in Manchester.
My eldest joined us today also… as a family we love listening to Classical- that is between the usual chart, RnB ..old soul for me and Lil’ Lady loves rock and metal (seriously don’t know how, we don’t play it often.) It is always on in the background when we are working. None of the chldren have ever expressed an interest in playing a classical instrument but I like to further their apprecoation of it.
I like to show them that Classical music is accessible to all..to be enjoyed by all. As a black person and one who grew up in poverty there was so much outside my scope.. so much I could not access that I craved and as a parent and facilitator in my children’s education it is my job to ensure that their horizons are clear of any obstruction. My children may never become classical artists but it doesn’t mean they should be shut off from enjoying the beauty of music.
Who knows in the future it may be their solace, their muse or just a simple way to kick back and unwind… so today was about them gaining a little more understanding and of course enjoyment and the Halle delivered..
The Boy came out of the concert upbeat saying he really enjoyed it, particularly the piece by Handal HANDEL Music for the Royal Fireworks: La Réjouissance.. as soon as we returned home he searched the piece out to listen again (big win.)
Lil’ Lady although quietly kicking back and listening inside the concert chatted happily about it on the way home.
The programme kicked off with;
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)
MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS: IV) LA RÉJOUISSANCE
Followed by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) The Young Person Guide to the Orchestra (Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Henry Purcell) which was fantastic…
… and a great introduction to the other pieces, another favourite being Karl Jenkins Pallido For Strings: Allegretto.
But what I loved most of all was seeing a young black conductor.. you see nearly everywhere we go we are the only black face/people of colour. When we visited the country park for a forest school day last week we bumped into a black woman with her family and we instantly smiled and let onto each other as of we recognised each other as old friends..which made me laugh because the simple fact was we we were surprised and then happy to see another person of colour .. a black person reflected back at us enjoying a non traditional black space (this happens often and if your another Black person/person of colour, you’ll have probably had this happen to you too fro time to time.)
So yes back to the conductor. . as soon as I saw him a big cheshire cat grin spread across my face.
Because it was so important for my children to see themselves and people like me reflected in all they do..all they inspire to do. In spaces they occupy. So that they can see that there is nothing out there in this world that they cannot do if they choose to. So a big thankyou to the Conductor Jonathan Heyward your presence is noted and I am so very thankful for it.