Music a weapon against woes for family of 12
At face value you would not think Vladimir and Nadezhda Alekseev would have the energy to smile, being responsible for looking after ten children ranging from 3 to 19 years old. Despite a lack of personal space, not to mention money, they say they couldn’t be happier. So what’s their secret?
Nadezhda, the mother says, “It’s all about being patient towards each other and learning to understand, help and accommodate one another.”
Vladimir Alekseev and his children
Each one of them plays numerous instruments, ranging from the trumpet, to the clarinet to the tuba. It is the brainchild of their father Vlad who, two years ago, decided he wanted his very own family brass band.
“My children are of different ages and they certainly have various interests. So, there had to be some link that would unite the young and old members of my family. And I couldn’t think of anything better than a family orchestra,” he explained.
The Alekseev family
“The family band is a really interesting idea. We have a large age difference between us, but the band brings us together. I believe if I have children they would be playing with my brothers and sisters,” Astra says.
Most of the instruments are secondhand or donated, and the children get free lessons at a music academy where they can train and practice.
To Vladimir, music is a way of bringing his family together and he has no plan to stop. He says he wants to have as many children as possible, so this Russian family orchestra is only going to get bigger.