London Gold Group to play at Old Whaling Church


The London Gold Group is a mix of violinists and violists ages 9 to 15, who have performed throughout Europe, including at Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth II, the U.S., and Canada. Led by Helen Brunner, founder of the London Suzuki Group in 1972, and based in London, the group is coming to the Old Whaling Church this Sunday, Oct. 24, performing at 5 pm.

The players — who will play music by Elgar, Vivaldi, Bach, Kreisler, and more, including jazz — have been learning and performing together since they were four years old, using the Suzuki method (a type of music education taught during early childhood).

Most recently on the Island in 2003, this is the first time members of the 2010 Gold Group will play here.

For Island children familiar with the Suzuki method, Ms. Brunner will teach a free workshop before the concert, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. She encourages the children in the workshop to join the London Gold Group on stage to conclude the program with “Allegro” and “Twinkle.” The workshop is a great opportunity for children, as Ms. Brunner is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, and has studied with Dr. Suzuki in Japan.

Accompanying the musicians is Dominic John, winner of many international competitions, and currently a staff member at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The suggested donation for the concert is $10; free for all Island children.