Published on Mar 28, 2017
A child prodigy is preparing to conduct his first concert in front of a live audience, aged just 11.
Matthew Smith, of Carlton, will take the lead when Nottingham Symphony Orchestra (NSO) play Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at a concert at the Royal Concert Hall on Sunday, April 2.
COMMENTS • 5
Beyhive Member2 weeks ago
Talented kid. 😊😊😊😊
Jesus0Girl0Music1 week ago
AJ Walker2 weeks ago
At the risk of asking the obvious: talented at what, exactly? Waving a stick in the air? This report didn’t exactly talk about what made this kid special besides he’s Black and standing in front of all white people as they play a piece of music. Does he get a little trophy for that as well? Our kids need more than lollipops for making nice PR stories for white people. It’s 2017, we really need to start thinking and acting bigger than this.
Dawud G Delves2 weeks ago (edited)
Quite possibly you should research what the role of an conductor is to an orchestra. It is more than just “waving a stick in the air”. You actually have to know the nuances of the music, and pieces of music, you are conducting, as well as the instruments playing the music, sometimes knowing the people playing the music. In the realm of measurable talent, he is 11 and plays four different instruments as stated at 0:46.
So here you have a 11 year old Black child, who plays four different instruments, who is well enough versed in classical music to conduct an 76 piece orchestra, by memory after practicing a few weeks. I think more than a trophy, or lollipops, is in order. He deserves our attention, our accolades, and furthermore our respect.
Kimberly Fraizer2 weeks ago