“Of course some people turn their noses up,” says Tasya, “but what we’re doing isn’t actually classical music and we’re not trying to pretend it is. It’s not like we’re doing this because we couldn’t go down the classical route, because we weren’t good enough. This is a choice we’re making when we’re young to have an amazing time, and to record an album. I can’t be bothered with this snobbery about us,” she adds. “We’ve all been to the right schools.”

“I really miss the orchestra and I miss classical music,” pipes up Vicky. “I only left two months ago.” She sighs. “But you have to go with the best job.” They’re all aware that being a professional musician isn’t about noble notions of preserving the classics. It’s about getting a job. All four are from musical families – Izzy’s parents run a music school in Hertfordshire and Victoria is one of six siblings who play stringed instruments to a high level. “A classical career is not an easy life,” says Tasya. “It’s what I trained for my whole life but there was more money in being a session musician for non-classical stuff. I wish there was more support for these amazing classical musicians who do such serious work.”

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I can see how tempting fame is. And the musicians are young and gorgeous. I do hope they make a bundle because they won’t be young and gorgeous forever. (I was never gorgeous, but I really was young at one time!)

6 Comments

  1. When they’re older, they could probably still be doing things like this… I guess they’re talented enough not to need their fame for their looks.
    I wonder if un-classical things like that would sound good with oboe… Strings are surely good in things other than classical, check out [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x97f-_y93a0]Apocalyptica[/url]!

  2. The sinister aspect of this is that, according to the article, by taking part in Britain’s Got Talent they are contracted to do this, like it or not.

    I wonder if they realised that.

  3. I think reaction to these girls will run the gamut. I’m not one to make a judgment call on them. I’m only pondering their future.

    Eefje, I can’t tell how good they are from this, but I would bet (if I were the betting sort, and I’m not) they are only successful as pop “stars” because they are gorgeous. After all they are Simon Cowell’s! And yes, oboe sounds good in many different genres. It can also sound bad, of course, depending upon the player! :-)

  4. Guess you’re right about only being popular in pop because of their looks, pop just sucks like that. So, in other genres, they wouldn’t need their fame from their looks, if they said ‘we’ve been to all the right schools’ I guess they at least now what they’re doing.
    In other genres.. but the whole point of it was this is pop.. so, forget that, you’re probably right about them being popular because of their looks :p
    And my link doesn’t work D= Anyway, these guys play metal on cellos, they also had a classical education, and it sounds great: www.youtube.com/watch?v=x97f-_y93a0 And they don’t need their fame from their looks, they’re just good ;)

  5. I should be a bit careful; not every single pop artist is drop dead gorgeous. But you rarely see an unattractive woman. It happens, but still …

    I’ve heard of the group you linked to. I can’t tell, from what they play, about the quality of their playing, actually. (Remember, too, that in pop music — maybe even in classical! — they do a whole lot of pitch correction and other “magic” in the studio. But they are certainly a fun group in any case. Could they play a Bach suite? I dunno!