Good Lady and I like going together to classical music concerts, and have done so for many years. We are very lucky that we have the great Royal Scottish National Orchestra available, and  a marvellous Royal Concert Hall to attend. Prices have risen astronomically over the last 20 years, but this is now balanced with the free bus pass, which takes us literally door-to-door. So you see there are advantages in being old, and living in Scotland!

One of the last ones we attended featured the Chopin 2nd Piano Concerto played by the ebulient Argentinian Ingrid Fliter.    I love Chopin’s piano music, but not particularly with an orchestra attached to the piano. However it was a wonderful fiery performance by the young lady, and we applauded as enthusiastically as anyone.

But it set me to thinking…..why in this day and age do we spend a lot of money to go out on a miserable evening to attend a venue where we have been many times before, to hear an orchestra we have heard many times, playing pieces we have heard many times, when we could be at home with our hi-fi with a massive choice of CD music at our disposal?

It’s probably a question which has absorbed the brains of many observers of the human mind over many decades. I’m no psychologist so it is unlikely that I have an answer. Is it to relive some previous happy experience of this piece/soloist/orchestra/venue? Is it an attempt to again find some personal solace/excitement in a piece we know well? Is it a ‘communal’ thing where we just love being ‘drawn-into’ an event with other like-minded people? Is it an attempt to keep looking for something new in the interpretation? Is it a continuing admiration in the un-doubted skills and artistry of the orchestral members/soloist/conductor?

Maybe it’s a combination of all of them……I honestly don’t know…..but I have no intention of camping out or tramping through mud to experience anything held at T in the Park!!!…………….what about you?

P.S. ….we have already signed up for the 2012-2013 Concerts!

Aleksander the Great!!!

No, I haven’t mis-spelt the topic. I and the Lady of the House were privileged to be part of a small people attending a concert of Chopin and Brahms, given by the Pole Aleksander Kudajczyk in a small Glasgow Church Hall.

npianist106.jpgThe history of this young man and his appearance on the concert platform, is very interesting, and was very news-worthy for some time,and if you want to know it, type his name into Google.

Suffice to say, that this shy and un-assuming man with his lovely wife/girlfriend (I don’t know enough Polish to ask!) were much appreciated by the 100 strong audience, and taken to their hearts, as only Glaswegians can.

We were treated to a selection of Chopin’s Valses, Preludium, Ballada, Nocturne Op9 No 2, and then the brilliant Intermezzo Op 118 No2 by Brahms. To our delight, he then joined us for tea and cake, when some of us had the chance to discuss almost anything…. including music.

He is looking for work to allow him to stay here and that includes piano tutoring, and performances, so if you want to be part of those who can help this aspiring performer make his way in the musical firmament, please get in touch and we can pass on your enquiries…….

Glad we went, even although it was a miserable wet and windy night.