After sixty hours of intense rehearsals in Birmingham, three concerts around the UK, and one big world premiere, we ended our summer in Berlin at the youth orchestra festival, Young Euro Classic. It was our first trip abroad in twenty years, and we took the city by storm, receiving an electric 13-minute-long standing ovation. It was the perfect grand finale to our summer tour.
We were excited to give the German premiere of Tansy Davies’ Re-greening, our enchanting new commission full of magical surprises. Rarely does a piece call for musicians to perform without a conductor and sing along while playing. With Sir Mark Elder, we brought our teenage energy, thoughtfulness, and orchestral brilliance to Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, diving into its emotional intensity and giving it a fresh interpretation.
From pop-up concerts on the streets to performing at the majestic Konzerthaus, we were overwhelmed and touched by the enthusiasm we received in Berlin. Here are some snapshots from our trip.
Setting up for our signature Play the City. We gave pop-up performances in central Berlin at the square Gendarmenmarkt and bookstore Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus.
Our brass section jamming it up right on the streets of Berlin.
Getting ready for our afternoon rehearsal in the Konzerthaus.
Looking over the score again ahead of our rehearsal.
Rehearsing with Sir Mark Elder in the majestic Konzerthaus before our concert.
Our double basses in intense rehearsal mode.
Warming up right before the concert backstage.
Ben Goldscheider, principal horn, leads us in Tansy Davies' Re-greening - our new commission that calls for no conductor.
In the middle of our performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 9.
Many tears were shed from the moving and overwhelming experience of performing Mahler's Symphony No. 9 in Berlin.
We were stunned and touched by the 13-minute-long standing ovation for us at Young Euro Classic. Danke to all who joined and supported us on this adventure!