Sunday, 4 May 2014

Sandbach Concert Series

2nd May        The saxon

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By Stewart Green
Linda Richardson led the guest list of Sandbach Singers for this week’s Sandbach Concert Series at St Mary’s Church on Wednesday.
The local singers were joined by the Halle Youth Choir conducted by Richard Wilberforce from Manchester who provided a selection of classical melodies from ‘Birthday Madrigals’ by John Ritter to ‘Over the Hill, Over Dale’ with local opera singer Linda Richardson singing George Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ and classical favourite ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ during the second half of the concert.
‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ last made an appearance at St Marys when Staffordshire singer Denise Leigh sang at a charity concert in the town. Linda then sang ‘I could have Danced All Night’ from My Fair Lady before handing back to the Halle Youth Choir for the finale.
For me it was the first half “Spotlight Concert” for local choirs that most impressed this reviewer. The show opened with the Nantwich Young Voices singing the Monkees hit ‘I’m a Believer’ and ‘What shall we do with the drunken Sailor’ with ‘We are the young’ ending their selection. Next on the bill were pupils from the Elworth C of E School who performed two songs along with actions and then the final young group in the first half were the Sandbach High School Chamber Choir who left behind their classical slow tunes to present an upbeat session with the number one hit from McFly, ‘It’s all About You’ followed by ‘Shadowland’ from the musical The Lion King and finally ‘Some Nights’.
The evening was enjoyed by over 160 audience members including the Mayors of Sandbach, Cheshire East and Alsager.
Next month’s concert features the Tempest Flute Trio three entertaining players who met at the Royal Northern Collage of Music in Manchester.
Tickets for the next show on the 28 May 2014 are £8.50 (Adults), £7 (Concessions), £3 (School Children), £20 (Family Ticket) and are available at Demeter Wholefoods and Bramwells Opticians in Sandbach as well as on the door with further details available via the website at .
Photo: Conductor of the Halle Youth Choir / Linda Richardson / Pianist

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Sophie Rosa

Sophie Rosa stars in Sandbach Concert Series October Concert

On Wednesday 30th October, Sandbach concert-goers made their way to St Mary’s Church Hall for an evening of outstanding performances, by both virtuoso violinist Sophie Rosa as well as the talented young musicians from the local areas.
The evening started with a Spotlight Concert with an interesting non purposeful spin that all the young performers were female, from local areas of Sandbach, Congleton and Shavington. The standard that the girls set was extremely high, and I’m sure that anyone who heard them play would agree. The instruments played in the spotlight concert included violin and clarinet.

During the interval artwork was displayed by a young local artist Alex Robinson whose work is available to view online at:
After the interval, the concert commenced with virtuoso violinist: Sophie Rosa. Originally from Cheshire, Sophie is rapidly emerging as one of the UK's most exciting young violinists having won ‘Audience Prize in the prestigious 2nd Manchester International Violin Competition where she performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and was recorded for Classic FM Radio Station. Sophie was the First Prize winner of the Lions European Youth Competition in 2008 and was a strings finalist of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006.

During her performance, Sophie’s repertoire included:
·         Beethoven Sonata no 8 in G major opus 30 no.3
·         Allegro Assai, Tempo di minuetto ma molto moderato, Allegro Vivace                                               
·         Frank Violin Sonata in A major
·         Allegretto be moderato, Allegro-Quasi lento- Tempo 1 (Allegro), Recitativo-Fantasia (ben moderato-largamente), Allegretto poco mosso                                         
·         Dvorak Songs My Mother Taught Me arr Kreisler                                  
·         Wieniawski Polonaise no.1 in D major

Her accompanist: Benjamin Powell is also a very established musician. He has performed across the UK and Europe in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings, Britten Studio and Bridgewater Hall. Benjamin was the winner of the British Contemporary Piano Competition 2010.
Together the duo entertained the audience with a range of music from the violin and piano repertoire performed with true musicianship and enthusiasm. It was a concert enjoyed by all. 

See the website for our latest concert information.

By Laura Stubbs