Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Felicity Orme on the harp and Stephen Meakins on the piano gave us a superb evening of music featuring works by Tournier, Gliere, Mozart, Haydn and Schubert.

We enjoyed a wonderful evening of music presented by our President, Adrian Boynton, and his guests John McDomnic (trumpet), Emily Haig (soprano) and Poppy Ewance (oboe).  The music ranged from Albinoni to Wolf, from Gershwin to Purcell all beautifully performed by these talented young artists.  It was particularly nice to see Emily again – she was one of our Young Musician of the Year competitors in 2005 and it was wonderful to see how she has matured and developed.

Toddington Music Society teamed up with Toddington Town Band  to provide an evening of music as part of the Toddington Spring Festival.  We thoroughly enjoyed our first collaboration and everyone who came thoroughly enjoyed it too.

We had a very enjoyable evening with the Junction 14 Ladies Barber’s Shop Choir  who entertained us with a variety of music and even had us singing in four part harmony.

Alexandra Ridout, along with friends and family treated, us to a wonderful concert of classical music and jazz.  This very talented young trumpeter, who was the winner of our 2014 Young Musician Competition, put together a programme showing a great mix of styles which really highlighted the range of her abilities.  Once again we have been thrilled by the performance of one of the talented young people in this area and wish her very well for her future in music.

Look out for the Young Musician Competition 2015 which we will be holding on on Sunday, 1st November 2015.  This year we have decided to widen the catchment for applicants to cover Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire so if you know of any young music student aged between 12 and 18 years old who would like to apply they can load down the form from this site.  The first prize is £500 and Runner-up prize £100 so well worth trying for.

 

We had a truly memorable end to our 2014 concert season when we welcomed back the Luton Cantores Choir and Peculi8 to provide us with an evening of music to get us all in the mood for Christmas.  They certainly did that!  The Village Hall was full to hear the superb music these two groups provided and we even had a chance to sing some well-loved carols ourselves.  A very successful evening enjoyed by all ages.  Join us for concerts in our 2015 season and continue the fun.

The annual Toddington Music Society Young Musician of the Year Competition is over for another year and once again we were amazed at the talent there is among the young people of this area.  We had 5 contestants this year covering a range of instruments.  The adjudicator found it very difficult to choose but the worthy winner of the £500 first prize was Alexandra Ridout playing the trumpet.  The runner up this year, claiming his prize of £100, was Nicky Yan playing the guitar.  Alexandra will provide the music for the concert after out AGM on Saturday, 14th February 2015.  Look out for details coming soon of next year’s programme.

Nick Allen (Cello) and John-Paul Gandy (Piano) gave us an exciting evening of music with a South American theme.  This unusual programme featured music from Villa-Lobos, Piazolla and Ginastra arranged for cello and piano which made for a truly exceptional concert.

Well – that was another stunning concert.  The Reigate Wind Quintet (formed of professional orchestral musicians, who have performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC NOW, Britten Sinfonia and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic) gave us an amazing programme including quite a few pieces which are not often heard as well as some more familiar ones.  They played music ranging from Mozart to Jim Parker with an emphasis in the rest of the programme on French composers (Bozza, Arrieu, Francaix and Debussy).

 

It was a glorious summer’s evening for the concert provided by our President, Adrian Boynton (who is Musical Director of Cornerstone Music in Milton Keynes).  The sun was shining and the music matched the mood.  Entitled A SUMMER’S LEASE we were treated to music from 5 centuries featuring works by Byrd, Albinoni, Mozart, Schumann, Saint Saens, Finzi, Elgar, Britten and Gershwin.  The New English Singers were joined by Addison Wray (an outstanding young clarinettist) and John Macdomnic (one of the UK’s leading trumpeters, appearing regularly with the finest orchestras and as a soloist at St Paul’s Cathedral).