May 08, 2013
With the help of Wise Productions and the team at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, we put classical music back in the spotlight last night at the launch of The Recitalists - a roster of young, exciting musicians for events. The launch aimed to show off the musicians with no gimmicks or distractions, instead giving guests a chance to focus on the raw power and immediacy of the music.
An audience of the event industry’s biggest players gathered in the David Lean Room of BAFTA 195 Piccadilly to witness the first performances from our collection of exceptionally talented musicians. In an effort to escape the perceived stuffiness of traditional classical concerts, the audience stood for the performances and were encouraged to applaud whenever the urge took them (usually frowned upon in classical circles).
First on stage was piano prodigy Ji Liu who immediately had guests in rapt silence as he performed Liebestraum by Franz Liszt. Ji’s technical flair and spellbinding stage presence (due in part, perhaps, to his twinkling shoes) set the stage for the rest of the acts, the next of which was violinist Kamila Bydlowska whose intense, atmospheric rendition of Szymanowski’s Nocturn and Tarentella was gripping in a way music at events rarely is.
The Sidorenko Duo were next on stage - featuring Slava Sidorenko on Piano and Svetlana Mochalova on Cello, the pair displayed a stunningly intuitive chemistry as they performed Ondrej Leonard’s The Swan. The duo then each performed solo – Svetlana playing a piece named (appropriately) Alone which allowed her to demonstrate her beautiful tone and brilliant technique. Slava took centre stage for an arresting rendition of Rachmaninov’s Etude opus 39 No. 6 that showed off his effortless virtuosity and earned a warm reception from the crowd.
After a short break, the recitals continued with a thrilling performance from Australian soprano Saira Luther who demonstrated her astonishing vocal range in Lakme’s Bell Song and Mozart’s Queen of the Night. She was followed by one of the more unusual performers that make up The Recitalists, percussionist Lucy Landymore who performed a mesmerising arrangement of Piazola’s Libertango – a change of pace for events-goers more used to background string quartets and cocktail pianists.
The Balanas Duo may be familiar to regular blog readers (there must be some of you) after their performance with AcroFelipe at Banqueting House a few weeks back, but tonight they showed they can captivate an audience without the assistance of a handbalancing shirtless man. Performing Vivaldi’s Winter and Handel’s Passacaglia, the sisters demonstrated an almost telepathic understanding of each other that was a real pleasure to watch.
There was, however, one surprise left in store. Pianist Ji returned to the stage accompanied this time by our Ballet Pole dancer, Anna. Performing the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Ji provided an electrifying musical backdrop for our pole ballerina who had guests gasping in awe at her incredible display of strength and grace.
Take a look at some more pictures from the event below.
A big thank you to everyone at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, Wise Productions, Markson Pianos and Albert Hall Dance Floors for all their help on the event. For more information on booking The Recitalists for corporate events or private functions – head over to our contact page and get in touch. Also be sure to check out The Recitalists website for further info on the performers.
By Garreth Owen