Bridgewater Hall


One evening last week, Robin, in his first term in the school choir, went to the Bridgewater Hall to take part in a charity concert. Sitting on the front row, he sang four songs. He confirmed it was the most nerve-wracking experience of his life – there was an audience of “13 hundred, that’s one thousand three hundred” he explained. His favourite moment? Waving to his best friend A who was in the audience.


At home, Eliza is in semi-permanent practice mode for Christmas concerts. Recorder, treble recorder and violin are played. For variety, Eliza plays her recorder group and orchestra pieces on the piano. Along with the carols, she particularly enjoys ‘Chim chim chiree’.


Gabe relies on his considerable natural talent to carry him through music lessons, barely practising from one week to the next. Threatened with the loss of this privilege unless he shows more commitment, he has made some effort. An agreement with his teacher that he will learn jazz pieces seems to have helped.


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  1. […] ‘Birdcage of my soul’ was an unlikely song to hear Robin singing, but They Might be Giants‘ craziness was part of the repertoire of over 20 songs that he learnt to take part in a Young Voices concert at the MEN Arena. There was an African chant, folk-tunes and hymns as well. Hundreds, maybe thousands of school kids took part, filling much of the arena. It has put Robin in the unusual position of having performed at Manchester’s two major music venues: MEN Arena and the Bridgewater Hall. […]


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