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INSPIRING GREATNESS: CHARLIE SIEM

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to present the latest in its series of ‘Inspiring Greatness’ films, in which classical violinist Charlie Siem discusses the physical and mental challenges of performing some of the most famous, technically demanding and emotionally powerful music ever written.

 

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  • Rolls-Royce releases latest instalment of ‘Inspiring Greatness’ series
  • Series features those who rewrite the boundaries of greatness
  • Virtuoso violinist Charlie Siem discusses inspiration and pursuit of perfection
  • Includes footage from rehearsals and driving Wraith in the English countryside


“The Rolls-Royce ‘Inspiring Greatness’ series shines a light on individuals at the pinnacle of their respective fields. At Rolls-Royce we empathise with their dedication, courage, commitment and vision, and revel in the creative dialogue the series ignites.

“Charlie Siem defines what it means to be a classical musician in the modern era. His sensibilities are founded in tradition by those who have inspired him – not least, by Yehudi Menuhin, yet his mastery and musical delivery engage new audiences – all of which we can relate to as a marque.”
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to present the latest in its series of ‘Inspiring Greatness’ films, in which classical violinist Charlie Siem discusses the physical and mental challenges of performing some of the most famous, technically demanding and emotionally powerful music ever written.

Born in London to a Norwegian father and British mother, Siem began learning the violin aged just three, after hearing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto played by the great Yehudi Menuhin. Having been awarded a degree in music from the University of Cambridge, he then studied violin under Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music. A highly sought-after soloist, teacher and recording artist, Siem has performed with leading orchestras and chamber ensembles all over the world.

The film explores how Siem seeks to connect with and personify music, transcending the physical act of playing his instrument to express the music directly. Naturally, he speaks reverently of his violin – the 1735 Guarneri del Gesù known as the ‘D’Egville’ – which he refers to as ‘an extension of his body’. Though perhaps less immediately well-known than their contemporaries made by Antonio Stradivari, Guarneri violins are equal in greatness, even favoured by some performers, including Siem’s inspiration Yehudi Menuhin.

Later in the film, Siem encounters the excellence of Rolls-Royce, relishing the opportunity to experience what he calls the ‘majesty’ of Wraith on a drive through the British countryside. “It’s incredibly impressive and indulgent to be sitting in this luxurious cabin, hearing almost nothing, with all this power right in front of you,” he enthuses.

‘Inspiring Greatness’ is an exploratory series from Rolls-Royce sharing a collection of aspirational stories from those who rewrite the boundaries of greatness. Previous episodes include Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers, photographer and explorer Cory Richards and media artist Refik Anadol. Most recently the series featured British writer, photographer and explorer Levison Wood.

Watch the full series at rolls-roycemotorcars.com.

CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.

Rolls-Royce Wraith: 
NEDCcorr(combined) CO2 emission: 365-363g/km; Fuel consumption: 17.7-17.8 mpg/16.0-15.9 l/100km.
WLTP(combined) CO2 emission: 369-357g/km; Fuel consumption: 17.3-17.9mpg/16.3-15.8l/100km.

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ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS ISSUES CLARIFICATION.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is issuing this statement in order to clarify confusion and misreporting that has arisen in certain media around the world, following recent statements issued by Rolls‑Royce plc.

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CO2 emission information.

The fuel consumption given in miles per gallon (and litres per 100km) and the CO2 emission given in grams per kilometre represents official combined values. Figures may vary depending on driving style and conditions. Consumption data is determined in accordance to the ECE driving cycle.

Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in “The Passenger Car Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions Information Regulations” in the United Kingdom. For emission data, labelling and guidelines relating to your local market please contact your nearest sales outlet or local authority website.

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