Parents, alumni, teachers, supporters, friends and students recently came together to enjoy The DaCapo Music Foundation’s annual Founder’s Day concert.
This year’s celebration marked 27 years since the charity was founded and was held at the Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel in Hampstead.
DaCapo students kicked off the concert with a rendition of The Geographical Fugue by Ernst Toch – a famous piece of spoken chorus, making many parents proud.
The audience were then wowed by an innovative and pioneering computer-clarinet performance by ex- DaCapo teacher Pete Furniss. His mesmerising recital used computer aids to create unique effects and harmonies.
He finished the evening by leading the audience in a musical round of a well-known DaCapo song, fondly remembered by many ex-students.
Pete said DaCapo’s impact on his career has been important and widespread, developing his orchestration, arranging skills and person-centred approach.
He added: “In a world where top down is the norm, which works for the gifted but excludes those who aren’t, DaCapo works in a way that is good for everybody, it brings everybody in.
“What’s going on here is really powerful and inspirational to me. Teaching at DaCapo made me a better musician, but also a better human."
Pete created many of the teaching aids now used in DaCapo Saturday classes.
Co-founder of DaCapo, Jane Cutler, said: “It was really nice to be able to welcome back so many ex-students and teachers. We love bringing the DaCapo community together for events like this”.