News of PITCHING UP
TMP musicians had to be quickly into their stride this term with two gigs in its first fortnight.
On Saturday 19th September, a group of eight singers, joined by Alicia Berwick from the summer Thetford Voices workshop, went 'Busking with Scarecrows', at the URC's Scarecrow Festival. The young singers did extremely well to sustain an hour's programme of songs, performance numbers interspersed with choruses and rounds in which they were joined by an enthusiastically appreciative audience.
Then on the 26th it was the turn of the older singers and the Band. Not too many young musicians were available on the day but Elliott (cornet) and Pippa (clarinet) more than held their own with our Director and two guest adult musicians who, with Polina on piano, jammed felicitiously for the entertainment of a group of American visitors to the town. The programme was completed by a very well received set of American and British folk-songs from the Senior Singing Group, on really sparkling form.
A very encouraging start to the new year all round.
TMP rounded off its first year under new director Ann Smith with a resounding musical volley.
Ensembles have been particularly busy, the TMP Band first on the podium with a well-received performance at the Royal Norfolk Show. On the evening of July 19th, the Rock Band entertained guests at a Norfolk Music Service social event which also featured the debut of the newly formed TMP Jazz Band in which tutors, adult and student members play alongside each other.
Meanwhile for most members the final event of the year was the Summer Concert held in the Carnegie Rooms on Thursday 11th July. A large and supportive audience enjoyed a programme celebrating both the potential and achievement of the young musicians.
An inventive and confident performance from KS1 Mini-Maestros set the tone for a first half which reflected a renaissance in violin playing beside the continued popularity of keyboard and guitar and songs in many styles, among them Natasha Godfrey's strong version of Taylor Swift's ‘Trouble’.
TMP's Singing Groups performed musically for their conductor Polina Sosnina, who is leaving the Project for university, at the start of a second half, with the emphasis then moving onto individual performers, among them Jacob Bradley (guitar) and brass players Elliott Sanders and Katie Tippett. Great work from the kit drummers and contributions from djembes and single reeds left only the Band's rendition of the Flintstones' theme between the audience and the conclusion that music is alive and well in IP24.
David O'Neale MBE
Our President David O'Neale receives his MBE from The Queen
Same Tune, New Arrangement(s)
A significant moment in the history of Thetford Music Project sees its Thursday evening Club move home this Autumn.
David O'Neale and his infant Project were welcomed to Queensway School by then Head Ralph Hedley in September 2001. Twelve years of much appreciated support later, with evening accommodation no longer available at the Diamond Academy and the Project’s own requirements steadily developing, we are on the move to Bishop’s CEVA Primary School on Canterbury Way where Dan Pickard and his staff have already afforded us generous space and warm hospitality.
Exam Success - And A Rare Feat
There was good news for both our Associated Board exam candidates this term.
Singing attractively in several languages, Briony Greathead embarked on her musical career with a good pass for Grade 1 Singing.
Meanwhile, Kendell Norris was achieving something that very few, even among professional musicians, can look back on: full marks for one of his pieces in an Associated Board Music examination. On his way to a distinction at Grade 3, Kendell was given 30/30 for his performance of Joshi’s Dance by Zev Gordon. “It’s a modern piece requiring good technique and a strong sense of rhythm as the bow leaps from one side of the violin to the other,” explained Kendall’s tutor Frances. “He hit top form on the day and we are really delighted.”
For more information about ABRSM exams, talk to tutors or to our Director Ann Smith (07765 994066).