Affairs of the heart in ‘Heart Variations’ at St George’s Hall Concert Room

Wow, what a week of musical delights to come back to!
Spending a lot of time in Europe lately with the EU, particularly in Brugge where I teach; and in a place like that, you can hardly ignore culture.

A comment made to me on Thursday night from a couple I met in the new art installation at ‘Fact’ rang in my head over and over again…. “We love the culture here in Liverpool” and that says a lot to me this week.

Last night, at the beautiful ornate St George’s Hall Concert Room, with the Liverpool String Quartet, it was just heaven.

‘Heart Variations’ for string quartet ran for about 1hr 15mins and had five movements by Meike Holzman, then Five movements by Ian Stephens and finally, compositions of winners of the Young Composers’ Awards.

Compositions were based on people’s electrocardiographs and five stages, which were derived from real stories…over-consumption, self-alienation, awareness, hope, and love.
The musical interpretation of the above, was pure genius, and it became a night of outstanding musical performance with timing, skill, and teamwork second to none.

A fantastic, memorable display by the Liverpool Philharmonic String Quartet, that can only be described as having peaks and troughs, speed and sensitivity in its sensitive, seduction of executed musical fantasia.
We all enjoyed it!!

The meeting with the enigmatic composer, German born Meike Holzmann, who started to make music at the age of four, classically trained on the piano and a self taught multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, was indeed somebody I admired.

She moved to Liverpool in 1998 to study music at LIPA with a scholarship from the Deutsche Phone Akademie and since graduating in 2001 has been working as a freelance composer, songwriter and performer for a great variety of projects in the UK and Germany.

It’s talent like that, that contributes to the cosmopolitan nature of our city and gives the youngsters of our city the hope and vision to pursue a career and enjoy life both here and abroad.

I’m all for learning a musical instrument, and although the benefits may not be immediate, they are lasting and certainly beneficial at a later age in life, giving an emotional and intellectual support to ourselves and others around us.

With a musical mother, who played concert piano, I was catapulted from one European capital to another, in an earlier life and still now find myself being catapulted around Europe in an older life. Still, it’s all a great learning experience and easily achieved using the corridors of awards, bids, sponsorship, and skills in the right profession at the right time.
One only has to look at the Liverpool String Quartet above, to see a group of talented dedicated musicians that travel the globe, giving people around the world a pleasure with their world of music.

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