Thornbury Area Music Centre had two special VIP’s visiting this morning.
After a quick appearance on Radio Bristol’s Saturday Breakfast show alongside TAMT’s own Beth Turvey, Steve Webb MP joined TAMC for the second rehearsal of the year. Steve is the Liberal Democrat MP for Yate and Thornbury, and is currently Work and Pensions Minister. He has been a supporter of the setting up of TAMT and revealed he’s also a grade 8 oboist.
Steve brought his oboe with him and joined Thornbury Music Centre, visiting each group, playing with the senior and Junior Wind Bands, and chatting with staff and pupils alike. He seemed so pleased that the young players of Thornbury and Yate had found a way to keep playing together as Thornbury Area Music Trust, and wished the Trust and the players every future success in their music-making.
Steve playing along as Trudy conducts the Junior Wind
You can just make out Steve in the centre, as Chris conducts the Senior Wind
Also visiting us this morning was a representative from the Quartet Foundation. TAMT were lucky to receive a generous grant from the Quartet Foundation to help with set-up costs and to create new opportunities for the musicians of South Gloucestershire. They had a quick tour of each group, and gave a spontaneous round of applause to the Senior Orchestra as they sight-read their way through a Strauss Polka!
We were delighted to be joined by even more new players this weekend – the cello section in particular! The chamber ensembles got off to a good start this morning, including a gentle playthrough of a Mozart String Quartet, and the remaining pupils have now chosen their post-break activities, with a nice balance of numbers for choir, theory and musicianship. What a busy morning!
The Senior Orchestra were making an amazing sound.
Below is the local Gazette’s article covering the morning.