With our exciting collaboration with the Dutch Project Choir and their conductor Martin van der Brugge coming up this weekend to perform The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins, we thought we’d have a look at a particularly famous (you MIGHT have heard of him…) Dutch musician for this week’s MfEMonday.
André Rieu is a violinist and conductor best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra. They have managed to turn classical and waltz music into a worldwide concert touring act, as successful as some of the biggest global pop and rockstars!
Created in 1987 with just 12 members, the orchestra has grown quickly now with between 50 and 60 musicians involved. The orchestra is particularly well know for performing with a certain frivolity and joking with the audience, here they are having a ‘Strauss party’!! P.S. see if you can spot the Trombone player balancing his instrument on his chin!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H81t8Z_GPQg
- We all know how important good posture is when playing and singing, but sometimes, you just need to change your rhythm a little to get the creative juices flowing! Here are some piano players who did just that… by playing backwards, upside down and sideways! https://www.cmuse.org/piano-playing-upside-down/
- P.S. tickets are still available for this weekend’s performance of the Armed Man with solos from MfE alumni Emma Brown!
Have a good week!
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