Poppy at the Greenwich Early Music Festival

Every year the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich hosts the Greenwich Early Music Exhibition, consisting of instrument makers from around the world and concerts from some of the best musicians in the early music scene.  In association with events manager, Heather Sager, Poppy received a free ticket to the exhibition and tickets to all of the concerts on 14 November.

She tried out a variety of instruments and spent half an hour speaking with Piers Adams from Red Priest about recorder playing and mastering the Eagle Recorder, a speciality of his.

Poppy also watched the BBC Young Musician of the Year Awards’ recorder player finalists perform in a joint concert and saw Piers take to the stage with Red Priest.

“Poppy had a great time trying out the period instruments (I am sure that she tried them all!), meeting lots of interesting people and looking through the music scores. I think after The Red Priest concert, every other concert in the future will seem mediocre! It has certainly changed the way that Poppy views the recorder, and indeed, early music as a whole.  I think she has now taken on board the fact that this music does not have to be ‘dry’, but can be interpreted and improvised in many different ways, and can be played to suit the mood and personality of the performer and the audience.

This day has been a turning point in her music, and has added another dimension to the way that she views early music in general… Poppy has been able to unlock the door on an area that I always felt that she kept closed.”

Angie, Poppy’s mother