Sunday 6th July saw the end of term concert – a celebration of achievements at music centre.  We were treated to an exciting mix of everything from classical Bach through 1960’s R&B to 1990’s Brit-pop!

The Junior Music Centre sang and played recorders beautifully, we heard Indian Warrior and Kites on Recorders and Music Man and The Sun Has Got His Hat On from joint Recorders, Foundation and Music Maker groups.

The Junior Wind Band played The Sun Has Got His Hat On (R Butler and N Gay, arr. T Monday) and The Entertainer (Scott Joplin, arr. T Monday) which sounded great and really got feet tapping! This was followed by the Junior String Orchestra playing Trumpet Tune (Purcell, arr. Watson Forbes), “Landler” from First Suite for Strings (Christopher Wiggins) and Cakewalk (Catherine and Hugh Colledge).  The Junior Orchestra gave a confident and hugely enjoyable performance of Waltzing Matilda (Traditional, arr. Terry Catherine), Minuet (Haydn, arr. T Monday and J Lewis) and Bare Necessities (Terry Gillkyson, arr. T Monday).

Two of our small ensembles performed pieces they have been working on.  Dance of the Cygnets (Tchaikovsky) and Let Her Go (Passenger, arr. K Robey).  These were very well received and a credit to the hard work of the musicians involved.

Before the interval, the Choir sang a great version of (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (C Smith, R Milner and G Jackson, arr. M De-Lisser).  The three soloists sang brilliantly and it really was an uplifting end to the first half!

With everyone refreshed after the interval, the Senior Wind Band, Senior Strings and Senior Orchestra performed.  The Senior Strings sounded fabulous and gave us The Universal (Blur, arr. S Turner), Andante Festivo (Sibelius) and Stand by Me (Ben E King, arr. K Robey).  The equally fabulous Senior Wind brought us performances of You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Randy Newman, arr. John Higgins) and a very enthusiastic performance of Tequila (Daniel Flores, arr. Paul Lavender) – complete with brilliant solos and audience participation (“TEQUILA!”).

The Senior Orchestra performed Sleeper Awake (Bach, arr. Jerry Brubaker), Ravel’s Bolero (getting everyone in the mood for the upcoming Paris tour) and Mamma Mia (an ABBA medley arr. Roy Phillippe) bringing the evening to a suitably upbeat end!

Summer Concert 2014

Special thanks have to go to the team of brilliant volunteers setting up & packing away, manning the desk, running the raffle, serving refreshments and helping the evening run smoothly.  A big congratulation goes to all of the performers and tutors.  Thanks also to the trustees and our sponsors, Quartet Foundation, Thornbury Round Table, Thornbury Rotary, Thornbury Town Council, Renishaw, Thornbury Tesco, John Lewis Music Matters and Co-operative Community Fund.

First music centre after the summer holidays is Saturday 13th September.

Looking forward to next term!!