Ida Nielsen to appear with London Sinfonietta

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Danish bassist Ida Nielsen, BGM alumna and one of the stars of this year’s London Bass Guitar Show, is currently at front and centre of a classical project called Spirit, premiered by the London Sinfonietta at Bergen International Festival in early June. Composer Rolf Wallin has said: “When Ida started to play, I felt like I was five again and listening to the Beatles for the first time.” He added that the piece, while joyful in nature, is inspired by Leonard Bernstein, who once said that people should “make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before” in dark times such as those in which we undoubtedly find ourselves. Spirit was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta and the Bergen International Festival, with funding from the Norwegian Composers’ Fund.

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