We were lucky enough to be given some tickets to a lunchtime recital at the Wigmore hall with Charlie Siem playing the violin , his programme included: Dvořák – Four Romantic Pieces Op. 75; Strauss – Violin Sonata in Eb Op. 18; and Bazzini – La ronde des lutins Op. 25.
I did not know of him prior to this concert, but he is surely someone to watch as he is still in his twenties – I think – and shows great promise. (http://www.charliesiem.com/). He started playing at age 3 and has still some developing to do but I think he should tremendous skills at this particular concert and received a standing ovation. He’s on tour in Europe for most of October coming back in November to play at Leeds College of Music.
For young people he should be of especial interest as he says on his website:
“Charlie has a great interest in fashion and was the global face of the Alfred Dunhill label in 2011 , and has continued to appear in many publications including Italian Men’s Vogue – photographs of which were taken by the singer Bryan Adams with whom Charlie subsequently appeared in concert. Other endorsements come from revered names such as photographer Mario Testino who says: “Charlie Siem brings a freshness into the world of classical music, with his contemporary look mixed with his mastering of the violin, the combination make for an exciting spectacle.”
Charlie’s talent has been noted in many corners of the world and in June 2011 he serenaded Lady Gaga at her Fashion Icon Award party in New York, introducing him to millions of new fans.”
The Wigmore Hall is a wonderful place. It is an Arts and Crafts building, built originally in 1901 to showcase the Bechstein pianos, and turned into a concert hall using these pianos as its base instrument. It was built with alabaster and marble hallways etc and there is a wonderful Arts and Crafts cupola over the platform that was designed by Professor Gerald Edward Moira. “The painting symbolises ‘the striving of Humanity after the great voice of Nature’ and mankind’s struggle to catch an echo of the music of the gods. The central figure represents the Soul of Music, who stands holding the Genius of Harmony – a ball of eternal fire whose rays are reflected across the world. A tangled network of thorns separates this portion of the picture from the other figures, suggesting that man in this life is too clogged with materialism to approach the spiritual perfection which is music. To the left, a musician plays in a blissful trance; urging him on is the figure of Love, with roses in her hand. On the right, a composer is seated writing his music on a scroll, encouraged by Psyche, who represents the eternal striving of the human soul. The background of the painting is a deep blue sky with silver-grey clouds of divine mystery floating overhead. Above the exits on either side of the stage singers chant notes caught from the divine source of harmony. “ http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/about-us/history
Apparently audiences have been up by over 60% in the last few years and certainly, looking at their programme it is crammed full of great stuff to do. The problem we have is that there is not enough time to see everything we want to in London and have to make choices and then find something else we are desperate to see and try to fit that in and then….
- Charlie Siem: Rising Star (thepulsemagazine.com)