1. Talking ‘Bout My Generation…
At just 17 years old, Laura won’t be able to vote in the General Election this year, but who needs that when you’ve already won BBC Young Musician, played at the BAFTAs, and are now preparing to play one of the greatest pieces in the cello repertoire (Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1) with Sinfonia Cymru?!
…all while doing your A Levels, we might add.
2. “Za Zdoro V’ye!”
…is probably what was said after Shostakovich wrote his first cello concerto for long-time friend Mstislav Rostropovich, who performs it in the video above. Rumour has it that the cellist was so impressed by the piece, he memorized it immediately and an ensuing vodka session took place between the two!
(“Shost & Rost” by @dooodale)
3. BBC Young Musician(s)
Did you know that Laura becomes the fifth BBC Young Musician winner to have worked with Sinfonia Cymru? The others (clockwise from top right) are Ben Grosvenor, Michael Collins, Guy Johnston, and Jennifer Pike.
4. We go way back.
We can’t take all the credit, but Sinfonia Cymru conductor Gareth Jones chaired the String Final panel that led to Laura winning the 2012 BBC Young Musician Competition. The rest, as they say, is history.
5. Beethoven had a sense of humour.
Written in 1812, the second movement of Beethoven’s 8th Symphony, which is being performed in this month’s concerts, famously parodies the sound of the recently invented Metronome.
Take a listen for yourself if you don’t believe us.