‘Time­less’

Young per­former says Win­ter­tide gives ev­ery­one ac­cess to clas­si­cal mu­sic

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY DIANE CROCKER [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrocker

Clas­si­cal mu­sic is prob­a­bly not the first type of mu­sic one would ex­pect a 16-year-old to say is her favourite.

But it is for Gina Spencer.

Clas­si­cal mu­sic is prob­a­bly not the first type of mu­sic one would ex­pect a 16-year-old to say is her favourite.

But it is for Gina Spencer. The Level 2 stu­dent at Cor­ner Brook Re­gional High spent part of last week per­form­ing with the Win­ter­tide Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

It’s her fourth year with the fes­ti­val and, on Satur­day, she took part in the free chil­dren’s con­cert at the Cor­ner Brook Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre.

Spencer said she’s been ex­posed to clas­si­cal mu­sic since she was a “lit­tle, lit­tle kid.”

It’s some­thing she’s been play­ing for a long time and has stud­ied for Royal Con­ser­va­tory

of Mu­sic ex­ams.

“Once you get more con­nected to the mu­sic you un­der­stand how spe­cial it is,” she said be­fore tak­ing to the pi­ano to play “In­ter­mezzo” by Robert Schu­mann. “It’s just re­ally time­less. Hon­estly, it’s just as amaz­ing now as it was hun­dreds of years ago.”

That’s why she feels that Win­ter­tide is so im­por­tant in Cor­ner Brook now.

“It’s not pop­u­lar, not very many peo­ple play it or lis­ten to

it. And I think it’s more so be­cause we don’t have the ac­cess to as much live clas­si­cal mu­sic.”

With Win­ter­tide be­ing ex­clu­sively clas­si­cal, she said it’s su­per spe­cial to have in the city. “So, ev­ery­one has ac­cess to it.” The group was small when Spencer played and soon grew to about 25 peo­ple of all ages.

But it’s the younger ones that Spencer said the con­cert was all about reach­ing.

“So, start­ing them off young.

It’s amaz­ing be­cause they won’t be ex­posed to it oth­er­wise. It’s re­ally bring­ing it to them in the best way.”

To be a per­former with the fes­ti­val is a su­per big deal for the Massey Drive teen.

“I feel so hon­oured and blessed to be able to be play­ing with these lit­er­ally world class mu­si­cians.”

DIANE CROCKER/THE WESTERN STAR

Gina Spencer, 16, played a piece by Robert Schu­mann dur­ing the Win­ter­tide Mu­sic Fes­ti­val chil­dren’s con­cert at the arts and cul­ture cen­tre in Cor­ner Brook on Satur­day.

DIANE CROCKER/THE WESTERN STAR

Vi­olin­ist Nancy Dahn, left, pi­anist Si­mon Cal­laghan, cel­list Heather Tuach and vi­o­list Kate Read joined to­gether Satur­day to per­form at the Win­ter­tide Mu­sic Fes­ti­val’s chil­dren’s con­cert at the arts and cul­ture cen­tre in Cor­ner Brook.

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