Sunday, 24 August 2014

Ravi Shankar 16th June 2011 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

This was the first concert after Em was before the following September and as I recall we were going through a tough phase with little sleep and lots of stress. So it was ideal really to drive to the relaxed environment of the Symphony Hall, where a ninety-year old came onto stage at around 7.30pm to play for an hour or so meaning I was back in bed before 10pm. That probably sounds sad and tragic but in reality it was a kind way of re-acclimatising me back into the real world where people can actually go out and enjoy themselves.

As per the first time, he was fantastic and his playing really took the audience to new places in terms of the sound and the composition. It was with sadness that I learned of his death eighteen months later, but what a musician and what a great legacy he has left from his extraordinary life.

7.5 out of 10

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