Friday 8th November was a big night for our conductor Emily who conducted her own composition ‘Fragments’ to a full audience at the Methodist Church in Minehead. It was the 2nd performance of the work, first performed on the 100 year anniversary of the ending of the 1st world War. Seven members of our orchestra foined the impressive local choir and professionals from across the country including Irish baritone Jamie Rock.
We chose one of the few wet afternoons to play in Blenheim Gardens! While we were happy in the cosy bandstand our audience had a mixture of rain, wind and sunshine, as you can see.
Our program for the afternoon was varied ranging from L’Arlesienne Suite by Bizet to South Pacific and Abba. The tea van parked next to the bandstand was greatly appreciated in the interval. Many thanks to the tea lady! I hope the audience enjoyed themselves as much as the MCO!
Our concert will be on this afternoon even though the weather looks very wild! The Met Office forecast is good for 2pm to 7pm, so come along and enjoy our music.
Since our last blog we have three new players!
Sarah on Horn, Margaret on Bassoon, and Oliver on Alto Sax, we warmly welcome you into the MCO. Thank you for your enthusiasm and diligence.
We still need more string players especially one or two cellists, there is also a vacancy for a flute player. If you have an instrument please make contact and plan to join us next term which starts on 11th September.
MCO playing carols and light classics at Minehead Methodist Church Christmas Tree Festival, in aid of Save the Children, under our new conductor Emily Feldberg. A good time was had by all, rounded off by coffee and mince pies.
Our next rehearsal is at the Old Hospital on January 16th 2019, see you there.
Saturday 10th November was a big night for Emily and all who took part in the first performance of her production of Fragments.
Most of the Minehead Community Orchestra played, together with guest musicians and leader Mary Eade, conducted by Nigel Perrin. It was an amazing experience playing with the polished Festival Choir and the lovely baritone Jamie Rock.
The music came to life and was very exciting, very moving and emotional, especially the song for the conscientious objectors ‘The Knock on the Door’ sung by Tim Pettigrew.
Thank you to all who took part and made the production so memorable but most of all Emily who portrayed the true feelings of the ordinary men and women during the First World War with this wonderful composition.