Friday, 29 November 2013

The Courtois Trombones

The Courtois Trombones with the Mayor of Sandbach, Cllr Mike Benson
The November Sandbach Concert Series, featuring The Courtois Trombones (kindly sponsored by Besson) and Spotlight artists, was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Held at St Mary's Church Hall, the concert also included an art exhibition by Ged Mitchell and a successful raffle in aid of the Mutliple Sclerosis Society, raising a total of £104.

local artist, Ged Mitchell

A range of talented young musicians performed brilliantly in the spotlight concert and the hall was buzzing with a great sense of community spirit.. After refreshments from the bar, lovely raffle prizes and an excellent art exhibition showcasing various landscapes of Sandbach, the Courtois Trombones performed a dynamic and enjoyable repertoire for the concert.
Talented young musicians with Cllr Mike Benson

Overall it was a delightfull concert to finish the series this year. The next concert will be on Wednesday 26th February featuring the Tango5 - hope to see you then!

Review by Ruby Scott

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Sioned Williams - Series Four

The last Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in Sandbach means just one thing - the Concert.
 These musical treats are enjoyed with great relish, be it the popular Spotlight concert, featuring local young musicians, or the professional musicians' one hour concert after the interval.  

The 4th season opened on Wed 25th Sept with harpist Sioned Williams as principal soloist, preceded by young Spotlight musicians whose expertise clearly reflected their hard work and dedication. What a delight to hear such a variety of music ranging from harp solos to the young tenor singing Schumann, in German! 

As chief harpist in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sioned had virtually come straight from the hectic schedule of the Proms, not to mention all her other musical commitments. Covering English music from the 16th - 20th centuries, Sioned's inspirational playing created a joyous evening, enhanced by her explanation of each piece. Particularly poignant was the story of the Welsh valley that was submerged to provide water for a nearby city.  One audience comment after the concert summed up the evening: " It's the first time I've heard music and really understood what it was all about".  Then there was the couple attending their first concert who bought season tickets for the series before the evening's end.

But above all, the sight of Sioned, sitting surrounded by young musicians after the concert, and no doubt quite exhausted, chatting and probably giving them the benefit of her experience, seemed to "say it all"!
Sylvia Scott

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Dynamic Jazz Folk Accordian and Saxophone Duo

Well, we have now come to the end of the third season on Sandbach Concert Series, and what a fantastic series it has been!

Concerts explored various genres, from the delights of our very own Lauren Scott and her duet partner Anna-Clare Monk (as a harp and soprano duo) to Foden’s Brass Band, Soloists from Northern Chamber Orchestra, Musicians from the HallĂ© Orchestra as well as many more!

This season’s finale concert was performed by Karen Street and Andy Tweed’s saxophone and accordion duo. Unusual combination I hear you say? Indeed, but what a beautiful sound they made, with folk tunes including The Keel Row and Jack Tar’s Return as well as some pieces that Karen had written herself. The audience were left in awe of the talented musicians as they entertained us through-out the concert. The accordion is not an instrument that you may hear played that often anymore, aware of this, Karen explained how it worked and guided the audience through the repertoire selected for this concert's programme. The duo performed effortlessly, which made for a delightful summers evening of entertainment.

As usual, the young musicians that performed in the spotlight concert wowed the audience with their passion and flare. Children and young people of all abilities took to the stage to perform and show off their talent. Their repertoire ranged from exam pieces, popular classical pieces, as well as a composition written and performed by a talented musician from Sandbach Boys School.

After a very successful three seasons, (and a fourth still to come!) I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support of the concert series, but most of all to thank Andy Scott and Lauren Scott, who have worked really hard not only to establish Sandbach Concert Series but to maintain its success.

The fourth season will start on Wednesday 25th September at 7pm, at St Mary’s Church Hall, with Sioned Williams, who is principal harpist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. We look forward to seeing you there!

For any further information why not visit our website or you can email us at

By Laura Stubbs

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Soprano and Harp Duo

Harp and Soprano Duo

On a cold wintery evening in March, supporters of the Sandbach Concert Series made their way to St. Mary’s Church Hall in Sandbach for a wonderful evening of music.

Violinists and singers from Sandbach School and Sandbach High School starred in the spotlight concert at this month’s Concert Series. The talented children played in ensembles as well as doing solos and showed no sign of nerves when they stepped onto the stage to perform (some of them at the young age of just 11 years old!). The concert also featured an acapella vocal group from the girl’s school who were exceptional; their set featured a version of the modern pop song ‘Some Nights’ by Fun.

After the spotlight concert there is an interval with the opportunity to socialise and view the artwork of a local talented artists, this month featuring the work of Ryan Connolly. There is also a raffle at every concert to raise money for local charities. This month’s concert was supporting ‘Friends of Sandbach Station’ and ‘Friends of Elworth Park’.

 The second half featured a Soprano and Harp Duo formed in 2012. The duo consists of Anna-Clare Monk (soprano) and Lauren Scott (harp). Their repertoire spans old and new music from Purcell to award-winning composer Andy Scott. The duo play with an instinctive musical partnership though they have only been working together for a year. Hardly surprising as they were school friends who first met at Chethams School of Music. The duo enchanted the audience with their beautiful music.

The next concert features outstanding classically trained jazz pianist and composer George King on Wednesday 24th April at 7pm at St. Mary’s Church Hall in Sandbach. See you there! For any further information why not visit our website or you can email us at

By Laura Stubbs

Monday, 4 March 2013

New Partnership with Love Music Trust and Northern Chamber Orchestra

12 February 2013      For immediate issue


Sandbach Concert Series forges new partnership with Love Music Trust and Northern Chamber Orchestra - giving local, young musicians specialist training   

Musicians from Congleton Youth Orchestra and Love Music Trust Sinfonia will be the first group of young players to benefit from an exciting, brand-new Cheshire East-based partnership between Sandbach Concert Series, the new Love Music Trust (which is based in Sandbach School) and the Northern Chamber Orchestra.  The partnership has been spear-headed by Sandbach Concert Series and the collaboration aims to give some of the region’s best young musicians the opportunity to learn from, and play alongside, members of the NCO - one of the country’s top, chamber orchestras.  The workshops have taken place using Arts Council England funding through the Love Music Trust, the lead organisation of the Cheshire East Music Hub. This special, learning experience will provide the students with an invaluable insight into professional music-making and performing. 

After rehearsing with four players from the NCO, the Love Music Trust Sinfonia and Congleton Youth Orchestra will put their newly-enhanced skills to the test, when they perform part of Grieg’s Holberg Suite for Sandbach Concert Series’ Spotlight Concert on Wednesday 27 February, 7pm, at St. Mary’s Church Hall in Sandbach.  Rehearsals have been going well and Louise Latham (NCO’s director and violinist for the project) said: “I am very impressed by the standard and enthusiasm of the young musicians.”

Artistically, the Sandbach Concert Series continues to develop, with collaborations this season with the HallĂ©, Foden's Brass Band and the Royal Over-Seas League.  As well as supporting the SCS Spotlight concert, the soloists from the Northern Chamber Orchestra will be giving the main concert on 27 February - playing String Quartets by Shostakovich and Haydn.  This is the first time the NCO has performed as part of SCS.

Doors open from 6.30pm.  As well as the main and Spotlight concerts, the evening includes the chance to enjoy a local art exhibition and a charity raffle for local, good causes. 

Buy tickets and find out more online from or in Sandbach town centre from Demeter Wholefoods or Bramwells Opticians.  Tickets: £8.50 Adults; £7 Senior Citizens / Concessions; £3 School Children; £20 Family Ticket.


Sandbach Concert Series is a non-profit Arts organisation run entirely by volunteers. With 8 concerts per year at St Mary’s Hall, Sandbach, a deliberately early start and finish time to the concerts, as well as reasonable ticket prices, its aim is to encourage more families to attend classical music concerts. The structure of the concerts - a half hour spotlight concert by local, young musicians, followed by a half hour interval with an art exhibition, and then a one hour concert by the main artist /s, is unique in the UK.

The Love Music Trust is the lead organisation for the Cheshire East Music Hub. Funded by the Arts Council England, the hub is responsible for the musical development of all young people in Cheshire East.  The Love Music Trust works alongside schools in Cheshire East, delivering Wider Opportunities projects, continuation programmes, local and county-wide ensembles, CPD opportunities, vocal development and provides a large instrument store to ensure the widest possible access for all young people.  The Love Music Trust is delighted to be working in partnership with the Sandbach Concert Series.

Soloists from the Northern Chamber Orchestra
Programme for Wednesday 27 February, 7 – 9pm
Shostakovich  String Quartet no 9
Haydn  String Quartet, Opus 20, no 1 in E flat
For more information about this press release, please contact Kathryn Wolstencroft:
Telephone: 0161 247 2220.  Email:

Article from the Sandbach Chronicle