How to turn 30 in the best possible way
May 31, 2011 by Norman Lebrecht
The cellist Guy Johnston is putting his youth behind him this Thursday.
No more BBC Young Musician of the Year. No more poster boy for a big agency.
Lovely Guy – he really is – is setting his sights on playing the music he craves with the people he likes best – and in aid of those who need it most.
His birthday party will double as a benefit concert for the Musicians Belevolent Fund and Eyes Alight, a rehab centre for people with brain injuries. There’s a good reason for the gesture. Guy’s brother, Rupert, a horn player in the National Youth Orchestra, suffered terrible injuries in a car smash when he was 15. He still plays the horn every day, I’m told, but cannot live an independent life.
Appearing with Guy in the birthday concert at St John’s Smith Square are soloists Jack Liebeck and Melvyn Tan, conductor Stephen Cleobury and the composer Mark Anthony Turnage, who is reworking his Goodbye 20s piece for the occasion. Mark and his wife Gabi Swallow will be talking about it on Radio 3’s In Tune at 4.30 this afternoon.
Happy 30, Guy!
Here’s an Eyes Alight promo:
|One step at a time – together we can make Brain Injury Rehabilitation a little bit brighter…|
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