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!

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By Laura Stubbs

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