Thursday, 11 June 2015

The Piano Guys: European tour


This was the first concert I've ever been to on my own.

But even without someone I know to keep me company, live music is live music, and I have been wanting to see The Piano Guys for so long, and it was worth every penny, and still perfectly enjoyable alone.

They were sensational.


The show was at Birmingham Symphony Hall, which is absolutely gorgeous, and the sounds that filled the hall were even more beautiful than its interior. It's in central Birmingham, just passed the Library and in between the NIA and New Street Station. I'd never been there before, but I fell in love with the concert hall. It is so lovely and the acoustics were perfect.

I was sat next to a lovely couple who made conversation with me (which was really nice because they definitely weren't obliged to). They told me that they'd found out about The Piano Guys about a year ago, when researching songs to play at their wedding, which is next month. I wished them many congratulations, and I hope they have the most wonderful day. There were rather a lot of couples at the concert, and I can completely understand why; it's a very romantic show, with covers of emotive songs, old and new, and it would be a marvelous experience to share with someone you love. However, I still had the best time on my own, and I don't know, I think right now in my life I definitely enjoyed it more alone than I would have with someone else (being independent and taking yourself places is nice).



The performance was something else; literally, it was like nothing I've ever been to before. The combination of the most stunning sounds with the humour that the musicians offered was so entertaining. They wanted the audience to not only experience the music, but to have a laugh and really enjoy themselves, and they succeeded in that very well.

One of my favourite songs they did was a mashup of Taylor Swift's 'Love Story' and Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida', which was incredible. I love both artists and the way it was arranged was a complete dream. They got the audience involved in singing the 'ohhhh's' in Viva La Vida and it was just so fun. Another high point was 'A Thousand Years' by Christina Perri, where Nelson, the cellist, invited out his wife who joined them on the violin. It was a beautiful moment.



The other standout song for me was 'What Makes You Beautiful' by One Direction, which you can watch here. I have a feeling I've mentioned it on my blog before because I adore it, but it's just the way that they use the piano to make so many different sounds at once, it's amazing to watch and I'm so glad I got to see it live.

I smiled from ear to ear throughout the entire performance. The talent of these musicians is like none other I've ever come across. The skill and the charisma combined is utterly remarkable. I got goosebumps so many times, and I just loved seeing how much Schmidt and Nelson loved what they were doing, and how they'd grin even more when they caught your eye and saw your expression was just like their's. It was one of the most awe-inspiring evenings of my life, and something I'll never forget and forever long to see again.

If you get the chance to go and see them live, I honestly can't urge you to do so more. It is beyond worth the cost and just the most wonderful, fulfilling experience. I'll link The Piano Guys' youtube here, so definitely check them out if you've got some time spare, I don't think you'll regret it.

Until next time.


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