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Covent garden buskers winter vivaldi prepare to be amazed
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stringy

They can play them fiddles, very cool.

Thanks,

Mark

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Wow! Impressive! Loved the interplay between them over and above the playing.

The old curmudgeon!

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I like the way that the violinist is dressed as paganini dressed except he always wore black.:)

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They are WONDERFUL! 

 

I can just imagine how long they've been practicing. 

Guess we all better get crackin'.  

...40 hours a day! 🤣 

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Emily they are probably studying at the royal college of music in London, you sometimes get students from there busking in the street, to them this would be a beginners piece, its amazing isnt it.. I visited the royal college just recently, I was stood on the stairs and there were people walking past singing scales, others had sheafs of music under their arms and instruments in the oher, I love the place.

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It's nice to know our expert(?) assessment of their talents is supported by the musical world! Pretty impressive careers.

The old curmudgeon!

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stringy said
Emily they are probably studying at the royal college of music in London, you sometimes get students from there busking in the street, to them this would be a beginners piece, its amazing isnt it.. I visited the royal college just recently, I was stood on the stairs and there were people walking past singing scales, others had sheafs of music under their arms and instruments in the oher, I love the place.

  

I wouldn't say "beginners" but this is generally considered to be an intermediate piece. Someone on a trajectory to get into a conservatory at 18 is commonly playing this or comparable pieces at age 10-12. (Which isn't to say it's impossible to start later and progress faster. And it goes almost without saying that I would expect that someone in conservatory would give a much more polished performance than a 10-12 year old.)

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The first movement of each Season is grade 8 standard.

Along with the first movement of Beethoven's Spring sonata and Gershwin's Summertime, lol.

Andrew

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Andrew I should make myself clear, I didnt mean beginners as beginner pieces for normal people who are starting out, I meant that  a student trying to get into the royal college would be expected to play this or some other piece of similar standard, as a starting point for the studies that they would then undertake during their time at the college.  As you point out they would probaly go to chethams first  and apply for the royal college after a few years, mind you, those who learn at Chethams are all excellent musicians, only h othe week I was listening to a young fellow in Manchester who studies there , he was busking and playing paganinis caprice 24, he was brilliant he looked about 13 or 14 but these days its hard for me to guess age, if hes there again I will film him and put the vid on here

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Gordon, I could back heel all those you mention, :)

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JohnG said
It's nice to know our expert(?) assessment of their talents is supported by the musical world! Pretty impressive careers.

  

Actually there is a lot of truth in what You say John I have seen Buskers who are incredible musicians, reduced to playing for pennies on street corners, and at the same time I have  walked past people screeching out Adele tunes with a backing track playing in the background and people love them, sing along and throw the fivers in there bucket, it all in the end comes down to the cloth ears of the audience and what they like.

When I played in  a group years ago, if I hit a bad note, i would play the same bad note when  it came round again  and the audience would think I was playing it correctly. the vast majority of people wouldnt know an a from a, b, and wouldnt care either as long as they were entertained.

I have a video somewhere that I will post if I can find it, of a busker in Chester, top notch Irish fiddle player which wasnt good enough to grab audience attention so he played the fiddle while standing on one leg on a tightrope, absolutely true, and even though its funny I find it quite sad.

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This is the bloke John, from several years back, but he still does it, he really is playing the fiddle I stood and watched for half an hour one day, I didnt take this vid but just looked on yaou tube, he has played in Manchester apparently as well, but I have never seen him there.

On a funnier note I watched an acrobat busker in Liverpool one afternoon, he jumped through hoops of fire and all kinds of things and at the end said to the large crowd of scousers, 'if you can afford a tenner great, if you cant a fiver wil do, if you cant afford that just shake my hand', which all the scousers hen lined up to do, absolutely true.

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@stringy - It would be a great experiment to have a classical music busker performing on concert night at a symphony hall, between the entrance and the car park. And having the same musician playing near a rock concert and see how much difference in tips there would be.

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Surely thère would be no difference lol. ;)

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Not only well played but very musical as well. Tasteful performance of Vivaldi's Winter.

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