Top tips for Globe's musicians

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Budding musicians at Globe Academy were given a musical masterclass by the Multi-Story Orchestra, a 35-piece string, wind, brass and percussion ensemble. The orchestra played Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 to over 100 enthralled students.

After the performance which students described as ‘Amazing’, ‘Mysterious’, ‘Bouncy’, ‘Mellow ‘and ‘Surreal’ the students had the opportunity to ask questions to the talented musicians. Top of their questions was when did the musicians start learning to play and how much practice they needed to do.

Violinist, Violeta and Cellist, Maarit shared their 5 top tips for students:

  1. Practice, practice, practice. If possible everyday for at least 5 minutes. As a professional musician you will need to practice for 2 to 3 hours a day to keep improving on your skills.
  2. Have a goal and head for it.
  3. Give yourself deadlines. What do you want to achieve and by when?
  4. Listen and learn from other musicians.
  5. And enjoy your music and have fun.

Elaine Kennedy, Head of Music at Globe Academy said: "It is very important that we give our students every opportunity to experience a range of musical genres in school. I have had this orchestra perform at Globe previously and they never fail to engage and excite the pupils."

Multi-Story is a project that brings classical music to schools and unexpected places. Run by composer Kate Whitley and conductor Christopher Stark it began in 2011 with a performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for 100 musicians in a Car Park in Peckham Rye, London.

The Multi-Story Orchestra plays in the Car Park every summer as well as touring schools, playing in night clubs, and running choir and education projects across the country.