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Our first event


Following on from the launch of our website, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that this month will see the first ever Synfonia event! Whilst our full orchestral programme is still being planned – and due to take place later in the year – we’ll be heading to Riverley Primary School in Leyton on 17th June with four up-and-coming musicians. The event will give pupils the opportunity to learn about the history of the string quartet and a few key composers, starting with Vivaldi and Schubert, and continuing with brilliant pieces by Dvorak, Ravel and Glass.

Our musicians for the event are the wonderful Hirvi Quartet. These young players – Enya Barber and Congling Wu (violins), Leonardo Badila (viola) and Floora Valila (cello) – are all students at Trinity Laban and have been performing together for just over a year. They’ve worked with us to put together an event that covers a diverse mix of music, each piece allowing us to explore the wider context of the period through history, poetry, art and maybe a bit of dancing… Our mission here is to make sure there are lots of ways to engage with the music, and we can’t wait to see the reaction from the children at Riverley!

We’re hugely grateful to Philip Carne for his support of this event. His generosity not only allows us to bring some fantastic music to Riverley, but also enables us to support young musicians at the start of their careers.

We’ll be catching up with the Hirvi Quartet next week to talk about their own path to becoming musicians, any obstacles they faced and what they think about the wider Synfonia project, so stay tuned to find out more!