Interview with Belinda McFarlane
As members of the LSO, we spend a lot of time in rehearsal, travelling or in the studio. An event like Take a Bow is a fantastic opportunity for LSO musicians to interact with their local community, to have contact with other musicians and their teachers and to share their expertise. It takes us back to the days when we first began and reminds us why we are where we are today!
I remember standing on stage at the end of the very first Take A Bow concert. The stage was full of violinists of all descriptions; 6 year old beginners, violinists from the London Colleges, amateur players from local businesses, Gordan, the leader, and other members of the LSO and the world-class soloist Nikolaj Znaider. Each musician had participated in a magnificent concert and had performed to their own level of excellence. A mutually inspiring occasion.
I’m looking forward to LSO On Track, and more events like Take a Bow, because participants come from all parts of the community, drawn together in a celebration of music. Making music together helps young people develop their sense of commitment, cooperation, dedication and application. Music is a truly universal language at whatever level it is experienced.
LSO Second Violinist Belinda McFarlane was interviewed by Alec Haylor as part of the LSO On Track programme.