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I’ve attended many recitals at the Royal Conservatory of Music where two of my children studied and performed.

Children who are almost always accompanied by a parent in day to day life are left on their own at recitals. It’s very intimidating for many of the recitalists, but I always noticed that once the playing begins, they lock in. No longer alone on the stage, they’re accompanied by the familiar music and instrument, suddenly in control of not only themselves, but of the entire recital hall.

Here a student is in total concentration, alone with the instrument, soothed by the music, challenged to the extent of his  physical reach, rising to the occasion before friends, family and teachers.

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