Royal Albert Hall

On Tuesday 6th November 2018, I was given the opportunity to perform at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in one of Birmingham Music service’s central ensembles known as the Birmingham Schools Recorder Sinfonia (or BSRS for short).  Together with 16 other pupils and members of staff from various schools, we left Birmingham at about 8:15am. Reaching London at 11am we rushed to our rehearsal and changing room, where we got ready for our sound-check. At about 3pm, after rehearsing the finale, we were ready to have a treat and went to a nearby restaurant.

We got back to the Royal Albert Hall at about 6:30pm and watched the first half of the concert. After a short break, we were ready to go on stage. I have to admit that I was nervous knowing that I was about to set foot on a world-famous stage! It was such an incredible experience: one I am never going to forget. We got back to Birmingham at 1am and I managed to get 5 hours sleep!

I would like to thank Mrs. Buxton, who encouraged me to audition for the ensemble, Mr. Ward for his constant support, my friends for also supporting me, my conductors, Karen (who has sadly left the starter group), and Michelle, and I would also like to thank the support staff at BSRS too.

I think everyone should make the most of their hobbies. For those interested in music I hope they might have the opportunity to perform at the Royal Albert Hall too.

Hasnain Jafer