Cadogan Hall will host a spectacular concert on February 5th, raising money for three worthy charities – The International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research, TUCCA and The Children at Risk Foundation. At the centre of this concert is world-class violin soloist Charlie Siem, who’ll be performing classics from Bach, Debussy and more.
The one-off concert has 915 seats for sale and all the proceeds of the event will be invested in the three featured charities. The International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR) is a global non-governmental organisation that looks into the increasing risk of cancer in developing countries, an increasing issue that the charity aims to aid and prevent. Brazilian charity TUCCA provides incredible help and support to children and adolescents with cancer. The third charity involved, The Children at Risk Foundation ( CARF-UK) is a British charity that raises money for Brazilian young people and children, in regards to their social and educational development programmes. With proceeds going directly to these incredible companies, buying a ticket to this concert at Cadogan Hall is an easy way to donate and get something priceless back in return – a magical night of music by Charlie Siem, world-renowned for his music.
An ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, renowned for his talent and passion and once a model for Dior and Giorgio Armani, Charlie Siem is more than just a triple threat. At only 32, it’s no wonder he’s beloved in his craft across the globe and is respected as one of today’s foremost young violinists. With the concert only weeks away, we spoke to Charlie to find out what ticket holders can expect, the story behind his astounding CV that boasts performances around the world, acting on activism, and music memories.
What does performing in this concert mean to you? Do you have a special connection with the charities?
I visited the centres outside São Paolo last year and was overwhelmed by the incredible work being done there. It’s tough seeing kids with cancer but all the more reason to support the TUCCA foundation and Dr. Epelman’s work.
I understand you met TUCCA’s founder, Dr Epelman, whilst performing at a foundation in São Paulo last year. How did this opportunity at Cadogan Hall come about a year later?
He asked if I would like to be involved in spreading their profile to London which I was very happy to do as London is my home town and I admire Dr. Epelman and the work of the TUCCA foundation.
You’ve performed internationally with some of the worlds best orchestras and chamber ensembles, such as the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic – do you have a highlight?
Every opportunity feels like a highlight somehow, as I forget what came before and can only really focus on what’s happening now. However, playing in the Albert Hall for the first time was pretty cool as I grew up right next to it.
Having previously modelled and featured in fashion magazines, your career is now obviously first and foremost in the classical music industry, how would you say the fashion and music industries differ and where do you feel more at home?
Music is my home of course, and they are two totally different worlds.
When and why did you start playing the violin?
I was profoundly moved by the Beethoven violin concerto as a child and wanted to be able to play it.
What advice would you give to any budding violinists?
To do it because you love it and want to connect with people with their love for music.
You’ve given masterclasses around the globe, have held the title of Artistic Director of The New Generation Festival and are a Visiting Professor at Leeds College of Music – are there any spectacular students who’ve caught your eye and who should be on our radars?
So many! I’m always impressed by the young players I encounter and it inspires me to practise harder!
Where can we look forward to seeing you perform next?
After this performance at Cadogan Hall on 5th February, I will be continuing my exciting calendar events, you can see the details here: charliesiem.com
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London SW1X 9DQ
Tuesday 5th February 2019
Tickets, priced between £25 – £60 are available via cadoganhall.com