Sunday the 18th of November sees eight young musicians from the Three Counties compete for a first prize of £500. It takes place in Toddington Village Hall beginning at 2.30pm. Again, this year we have a wonderfully diverse range of performance from a variety of instruments including the human voice.

If you love music and would like to support these young people then come along for a fascinating afternoon of music and a gripping concert.

The distinguished conductor and composer, Matthew Taylor, gave a fascinating and amusing insight into the life and music of Leonard Bernstein. Matthew, who studied under Bernstein at the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, spoke with tremendous passion about the great composer and interlaced it with live music, piano pieces and recorded music.

We now look forward to 8th September when “Quintet of Six”, an emsemble from Woburn Sands Band, will give an evening of light, entertaining music. This replaces BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist Ben Goldstein (French horn) who will be performing for us next year.

 

Naomi, saxophone and Pavel produced a concert to be remembered for many a day. Naomi demonstrated in a diverse repertoire the tremendous range  and adaptability of the saxophone. Meanwhile Pavel, who accompanied Naomi with great empathy, also provided us with exceptional solo pieces on the piano.

 

Our celebration of 40 years of music concerts was such a success. Many members enjoyed a wonderful pre-concert tea in the Wilkinson Church Hall. The sandwiches and cakes made by members of the committee were outstanding and beautifully presented on tiered cake stands. The evening continued with an inspirational concert in St. George of England Church, Toddington given by Quartet Camerata. During the interval we retired to the hall again for the cutting of Haydn’s birthday cake by our President, Adrian Boynton. It is truly amazing that a small society such as ours has been able to provide music of  such high quality for 40 years and promote young musicians in their musical journey. Long may it continue.

We look forward to 21st April when Naomi Sullivan (saxophone) will be entertaining us.

We had a wonderful concert with our young musicians.  De Luca (piano), Nick Pullen (guitar) and Ruby Thorne (soprano)  produced a programme which was both entertaining and of the highest quality. We wish them well in their future musical journeys. We look forward to this year’s competition which takes place in the Village Hall on Sunday 18th November 2018 at 2.30pm.

We are delighted to say that a former winner of our Young Musician Competition has reached the percussion final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition 2018.

 

The final concert in our 2017 season was an evening of festive music by the wonderful young singers of the Cantores Choir.  What a treat and what better way to start the Christmas celebrations.  This vibrant young choir are always a delight and we look forward to welcoming them again for our Christmas 2018 concert.

 

The Albany Piano Trio consisting of Gemma Sharples (violin), Verity Evanson (cello) and Pippa Harrison (piano) performed a delightful selection of music by Haydn, Schumann, Bingham and Clarke.  Lovely to hear pieces not often played  – a real treat!

 

Our President, Adrian Boynton once again treated us to a wonderful evening of music.  The concert featured Emily Haig (soprano), John Macdomnic (trumpet) and Addison Wray (clarinet) with Adrian Boynton (piano) playing a glorious programme of music for a summer’s evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peculi8 are a real delight and offer a repertoire which ranges from Mozart to Billy Joel.  As usual, they provided a fun-filled evening of glorious music.

We were treated to a fabulous concert by the Nick Smart & Nikki Iles Quartet.  Nick Smart (trumpet) and Nikki Iles (piano) are leading jazz musicians who have performed all over the World.  They both hold prominent positions in music education; Nick is Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, and Nikki teaches at every major London Conservatoire including the Academy.  They are joined by leading double bassist Dave Whitford, and percussionist Tim Giles.

Nick and Nikki both also happen to be products of the Bedfordshire Music Service so, during the day of the concert, they held workshops for local young musicians who came and performed a short piece with the quartet in the evening.   We have some very talented young people in this area.  I’m sure we will hear more from them in the future.