It seems instead of watching Sherlock or The Voice of an evening a slice of Notting Hill is enjoying musical soirées instead. Running a business called van Beuningen Bespoke Classic Music is Julia van Beuningen who says: “We try to bring the concert to people’s private space.” It is the revival of the musical salon.
If you decide to join in, van Beuningen will call you to talk about your specific event and requests for music. This is great because you can choose classical, jazz or something else. During the private concert dialogue is key, the musicians first explain what they are about to play and tell the story behind the music. “I have recruited musicians who are good with people and who are really keen to get in touch with the audience,” says van Beuningen, who has more than 30 musicians on her books. The musicians will play classical or jazz, though van Beuningen admits she loves chamber music most.
It’s a much more intimate way of experiencing a concert in a more relaxed setting and it is definitely a concert, not background music. If you would like to organise your very own salon, each musician costs £200 an hour, plenty of time for the concert with a break for a sausage and a glass of white. If you run a business the energetic van Beuningen also does corporate events and training. On top of that she also teaches cello privately. vanbeuningen