Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Sandbach Concert Series Strike a Chord with Third Season

On Wednesday 26th September, the citizens of Sandbach braved the rain to meet at St Mary’s Church Hall for what was to be a spectacular evening of music well worth braving the weather for.
With professional musicians: ‘Shropshire and Other Lads: A. E Housman in Words and Music’ as well as an art exhibition and Spotlight Concert, the people of Sandbach were in for a treat.
The concert started promptly at 7pm with the first young musician taking to the stage to open the first concert of the season. All the young musicians in the concert featured either on piano or voice which themed the concert nicely for the second half. The age range of these talented musicians ranged greatly from primary school to sixth form age groups and they played all styles of music from Show Tunes to French Classical! The talent of these young people was truly exceptional; one talented musician played his own composition for guitar and voice, as another student who took a little trip down Broadway featuring songs from Porgy and Bess.

This was all followed by an interval, allowing time for a civilized glass of wine, or soft drink and time to socialise whilst admiring the art exhibition featuring some outstanding artwork by the graphics students at Sandbach School. The concert series also raises money for many charities, with money raised from this concerts raffle going to Cancer Research.
The Musicians from ‘Shropshire and Other Lads’ include pianist: Ian Buckle, singer: Andew MacKenzie-Wicks and reader: Philip Holland who said: “I really enjoyed and appreciated my visit to Sandbach Concert Series on 26th September. It was a great thrill and honour for me. Great, intimate venue, friendly people, and some very talented young performers in the 'Spotlight Artists'.”
The group expressed the poetry of A. E. Housman through music, with some beautiful solo piano pieces, songs and readings. The audience were captured by the captivating words of ‘The First of May’, ‘Loveliest of Trees’ and ‘The Lent Lily’ as well as many other short pieces.
The next concert is on Wednesday 31st October at 7pm and will feature Musicians from the Hallé Orchestra including Jim Muirhead- Clarinet, Nicholas Trygstad- Cello and Hilary Suckling- Piano. We'll see you there!

By: Laura Stubbs

Friday, 13 July 2012

Sandbach Explodes with Young Talent and Inspiring Professional Musicians

As this season’s concert series draws to a close, it certainly finished with an explosion of talent by both young and professional musicians.
The spotlight concert featured some exceptionally talented young musicians from Sandbach and the surrounding areas, including Holmes Chapel and Alsager. The music varied from pianists and flautists to a folk duo and from Beethoven to Ed Sheeran. All the young musicians all played with great professionalism, expression and musicality for such a young age, the youngest just 12 years old!

The second half commenced with musicians Andy Findon (flautist) and Geoff Eales (pianist). They provided a contrasting programme of music that was themed with dance music including a waltz, some rhumbas! All the music was either composed or arranged by Geoff, which included the arrangement of ‘Spain’ where the main melody was taken from Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.
Their performance was exquisite, with a natural rapport that created a beautiful harmony. Their music captured the audience with intensity taking them on a rollercoaster of fantastic music.

The duo opened with a piece called ‘Eternal dance’ which was very energetic and used extended techniques on the flute and frequent change of time signature. Their piece ‘In the pocket’ was a very contrasting slow waltz, Geoff had also written a piece called ‘Lochria’s Rhumba’ which was played on the alto flute!
Overall it was a fantastic night. The concert organisors would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity throughout the series, nearly £1000 has been raised for various charities throughout this season.

The next season starts on 26th September at 7pm with Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks on tenor, Philip Holland reading and Ian Buckle on piano!
Laura Stubbs 

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

30th May 2012

On Wednesday 30th May at 7pm, the Sandbach Concert Series hosted their sixteenth concert at St Mary’s Church Hall. Each concert evening includes a 30 minute Spotlight Concert by local young musicians, followed by a one hour concert by top class musicians. This month’s theme was saxophones.

Mayor of Sandbach Town Council,
Cllr Carolyn Lowe with spotlight artists.

The concert opened with young musicians from around Cheshire who thrilled the audience with their enthusiasm. From beginners to more advanced young musicians such as Jamie Sharp who has just gained a place on the undergraduate course at the Royal Northern College of Music. Other young musicians including Harry Davies, Marcus Waldron, Ellen Thompson, Joshua Price, Luci Kinsey, Emily Smith, Bethan Jones, and Emily Rodgers also played at the concert.

After a sociable interval the audience was entertained by the ‘Apollo Saxophone Quartet’, members of the quartet include: Rob Buckland, Carl Raven, Andy Scott, and Jim Fieldhouse. The quartet has been together for 26 years now, and they have commissioned and premiered over 100 works. The quartet played repertoire both by contemporary classical composers such as Barbara Thompson and Will Gregory as well as some pieces that they themselves had composed. In the first half of the concert, one young musician played a piece written by Rob Buckland titled Scaredy Cat.

 The quartet gave the concert a unique twist by playing to nostalgic black and white silent movies. The audience found this extremely entertaining as one video featured the character of a pig dressed up dancing around!

The evening was a great success, thanks to the support given by many people and to everyone who took part in the raffle which was raising money for the charity Home Start.

The next concert will be on Wednesday 27th June 2012 and will feature Andy Findon on flute and Geoff Eales on piano.

Laura Stubbs

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

cheshire life article

A lovely article about the concert series in the August edition of Cheshire Life magazine

29th June 2011

A review in the Sandbach Chronicle for our June concert with Chris Stout and Catriona Mackay.

23rd February 2011

The 23rd February 2011 evening's concert night saw another very enjoyable evening of music and art. We were particularly delighted to be supported by: Mrs Fiona Bruce, Member of Parliament for Congleton, and her husband Richard. Cllr Gordon Baxendale, Mayor for Cheshire East, and his wife Felicity Cllr Gillian Merry, Mayor of Sandbach, with husband and consort Keith Revd. Thomas Shepherd, Vicar of St Marys Church. Mr John Leigh, the Sandbach Girls School head teacher.
Young muscians meet the local dignitaries
Equivox Trio with local M.P. Fiona Bruce and the Artistic Director, Andy Scott

25th May 2011

A lovely article about us in the glossy life style magazine Local Life!

27th April 2011

Our April 2011 concert with Jane Irwin was listed in the Cheshire Life essential guide to 2011

29 September 2010

Article about the first concert in the Sandbach Chronicle