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The Prince of Wales played the cello!

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain on Thursday 15 November 2018 to officially open their new building at 26 Fitzroy Square.

I was privileged to be presented to him and we spoke about musicians posture, demands on music students, task specific dystonia, fMRI imaging of musicians brains, rehabilitation and treatment strategies for musicians and his time at Geelong Grammar School in Australia! There was a lot of laughter and many smiles shared and it was a very special day with memories engraved on my mind that I will always cherish.

The Society’s President and Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir CBE, the Chairman, Governors, Chief Executive and staff were in attendance. Other guests included Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Col Jane Davis and the building’s Architect Russell Taylor.

His Royal Highness was welcomed by a trumpet fanfare performed by Members Richard Thomas and Matthew Wells. Items from the Archives were on display including the Society’s oldest documents and the earliest surviving manuscript of Handel’s Water Music. Member Cara Berridge, gave a short recital on a 1781 Nicolò Gagliano cello, on long-term loan to her via the Society’s Fine Instrument Scheme. The visit concluded with His Royal Highness unveiling a plaque and signing the Society’s Attendance Book.

HRH signing the attendance book

Did you know The Prince of Wales played the cello while an undergraduate at Cambridge University? He also played piano and trumpet while at school.

The Society has always had a strong connection to The Royal Family with George III granting the Society its first Royal Charter in 1790. Her Majesty The Queen has been Patron since 2013.

Posted in NEWS on December 14th 2018

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