Saturday, 12 May 2012

Charlotte Barbour-Condini

This evening I watched the semi final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012. An hour an a half swept past like an express train. What talent, what performances, from all five teenagers! However, only one of them made me want to rush out and buy a CD: 15-year-old Charlotte Barbour-Condini playing that common and maligned instrument the recorder. Watch the YouTube video (bottom right corner to expand). The final is on BBC Two on Sunday at 6pm (CLICK).

5 Comments:

At 12/5/12, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliantly played. Thank you very much for that Coxsoft. Our recorders never gave out those sounds in our music lessons. Can't wait for the final.

 
At 13/5/12, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Kids learning the recorder are what gave it such a bad name. Charlotte really makes it sing.

 
At 13/5/12, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it's the fault of teachers who teach the instrument. We enjoyed our music lessons because they were fun and because they the teachers brought out of their pupils the enjoyment of music and the enjoyment of playing an instrument even the humble little recorder which is derided and belittled for not being in the same league as the piano or violin. The lessons were free, in class, to working class children most of us being unable to afford piano and violin lessons. This was our opportunity to make some noise and learn to play properly and read music. As it is a small instrument we were able to take it home. And practice. Learning is good for the soul, as is sport and the best of all is music. Thank you Charlotte for reminding those who have forgotten this lovely little instrument, namely those in charge of teaching children, the beauty of it and how important it is to teach everything in schools, even a musical instrument. Good luck in the final.

 
At 13/5/12, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So wonderful that Charlotte is bringing the recorder into the public domain, recorder players are rejoicing. Thank you Charlotte we love you and look forward to your concerto today. Recorders taught at school by recorder players or wind musicians - rather than classroom teachers - offers a more positive experience and of course enthusiasm and understanding of the instrument. I'm on the edge of my seat

 
At 13/5/12, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Thank you for your comments. I'm rooting for her too.

 

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