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