The birthday of Mozart was celebrated yesterday by the performance of the world premier of a new music project inspired by his work and flight. Southampton International Airport was the somewhat unusual ‘concert hall’ for the work performed by the London Symphony Players and music students from Woodlands Community College, all under the watchful eye of the works Oscar nominated composer Michael Omer. The project was managed Southampton’s Turner Sims Concert Hall and funded by Find Your Talent-PUSH and Arts Council England.
For me it was good to be back at the airport, which I have known since a boy, and to be photographing talented musicians (both young and older) outside of the normal concert hall environment. Lighting was great thanks to the large overhead windows in the airports main concourse and, apart from a little fill flash, I might as well have been shooting in daylight. Together with the staff photographer from the local press, and Meridians cameraman I tried to capture the atmosphere of the event as well as the size of the concourse but the positioning of the orchestra was not ideal, and passenger numbers were low. However, the work was enthusiastically received by all present and was a tremendous musical outreach opportunity for all involved.