About Time Concert

“Music is the art of sounds in the movement of time”   Busoni

On the 29th March we celebrated the talent of our wonderful students in our GLive Gala concert ‘About Time’.

Music is a powerful, emotional stimulus and a complex structure of sounds whose different parameters can affect the perception of time. It is able to distort or negate “clock time”, creating a parallel temporal world in which we are prone to lose ourselves.  It is particular, yet universal, transitory in experience yet lasting in reflection.

The beauty of music has the ability to speak where words fail and an innate ability to go beyond aesthetic beauty alone.  Every musician strikes a different balance between faith and reason, instinct and intelligence which, in turn reveals the intimate, personal side of music.  This is the “why” part and, for me, is the most essential part of all.

Music teaches us how to think, not what to think. It equips us with the ability to feel compassion, to embrace multiple perspectives, to understand that small, often subtle differences can have large effects and too often allow us to say what cannot be said.  It teaches that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.  All performing happens in real time and relies on self discipline, stamina, resilience, flexibility and emotion, but can only bear fruit as a result of focussed, effective and structured preparation.

It is about time that education, nationally, recognised that access to creativity is not private property, but a human entitlement. We need to reward new and interesting rather than always focus on right or wrong. By restricting access or, by assuming that it is a separate part of the curriculum, we are in fact educating children out of their creative capacities. 

Nurturing is not a mechanical process, it is an organic one and through creativity, we create the conditions under which we all thrive. It is a unifying force that creates the power of personal, independent accomplishment and excites our spirit and energy.

It is our universal language and what connects us.  Our concert openly celebrates and accesses sensitivity, recognising equality, collaboration, courage, perseverance, talent, skill and pride.

There is a Chinese proverb that says: “A Bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song”

Music is not what we do, it is who we are.

Caroline Gale

Director of Music; Head of Creative Arts

GRSM hons LRAM