Huntingdonshire Music School Association

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HuMSA on Tour

A Letter from Marberg

Dear Mum and Dad

I have just got back from a busy few days away, and have now come back for a rest

My german speaking skills are a little bit to be desired, well actually they are non-existent, but I did learn how to say cheers, good morning, good evening and thank you.  Everyone speaks english and everyone made us so welcome.

We (the Huntingdon Music School) went to Marburg-Biedenkopf, there was 22 of us playing.  We left at 2.45 am from Huntingdon on the Thursday by coach, taking our instruments with us.  I am glad I only have a flute to look after, Martin had to look after a double bass!  We went via the Ferry and took all day to get to Bad Endbach, Bruxelles was the worst stretch of road, there were road works and traffic jams.  We stayed in a B&B, which was nice.  I had my own room overlooking the garden.  Breakfast was meats and bread, there was no porridge :(.

The first night (Thursday) we played at Marburg, it was a cool evening and we played in the market square of the town, along with other performers.  We were the only orchestra that went along.  We wore black tops and black skirts or trousers.  I noticed that everyone else wore national costumes and were singing and dancing, their costumes were really nice and a lot of effort had gone into the dresses.

Friday we did not play but went to shopping and in the afternoon and visited Griefenstein Castle.  We saw the ‘world bells’ there, it was interesting to hear how they managed to keep the bells a secret, others would have wanted to melt them and make canons.  There was a medieval festival taking place and we tried honey ale.  There was also old fashioned ice cream, which was nice, not too dissimilar from nowadays.

On Saturday afternoon we played at Kirchhain, we played the same music.  We played in a different order but we had a different audience.  The weather was hot, very sunny, (I borrowed a hat and used some sun cream), my hands were sweaty and my flute was hot, I didn’t enjoy it.  I think we played really well and this was our best concert, we really got the audience joining in, thanks to our bus driver I think.

On Sunday it was our day to introduce the performance, we played a marching tune, I can’t remember the name (we have given back all the music) – Prince Williams March?), we also played Jaguar, another marching piece of music.  The audience were not so willing to join in with us, it wasn’t the same as the day before.

The other pieces that we played were ‘Shepherds Hey’ English Morris Dance, Fantasy on an Irish Clogging Tune, English sea song suite: The saucy arethusa, Farewell and adieu (spanish ladies), Tom Bowling and Jack’s the lad (the sailor’s hornpipe), you will recognise two of the pieces from the Last night of the proms.  We didn’t get the same response from our crowd and there was no-one with a horn!

It was a good experience, it was nice to go and play as an orchestra.

Love Jane

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Friday, November 26, 2010

HUMSA Summer Trip 2011 - Marburg, Germany

Huntingdonshire is twinned with Marburg-Biedenkopf in the state of Hess, Germany, about 50 miles north of Frankfurt.  It is a really attractive region with tree covered hills all around. Marburg Biedenkopf has a summer music festival and we have been invited to take part. The trip will be centred around the picturesque village of Bad Endbach. A new swimming pool and spa opened last October and the village also has shops, cafes etc.
Marburg is a very interesting old university town with plenty of shops to visit.

Links: Wikipedia - Marburg-Biedenkopf, Wikipedia - Bad Endbach, city of Marburg website, videos:

YouTube - video 1 (never mind the soundtrack!), YouTube - video 2

The trip is open to any student of the Huntingdonshire Music School - you don’t need to be playing in a band or ensemble.


Thursday 11th August:

  • Early start from HRC, travelling by coach and ferry.
  • Plan to arrive at 18:00 and have a group meal

Friday 12th August - Sunday 14th August

  • A number of concerts, depending upon who goes and the bands we can form
  • Coach sightseeing trips, possibilities include:
    • Ski lift and summer tobogganing
    • Edersee and Eder dam and waterparc
    • Other options to be built into the itinerary
  • Final group meal

Monday 15th August:

  • Early start from Bad Endbach
  • ETA Huntingdon 19:00


We will be staying in the village of Bad Endbach. There isn’t a big enough hotel in Bad Endbach that will accommodate us all, so we will have to be split between 2 (possibly 3) hotels situated close together. The rooms are ensuite singles, twins or doubles, and some will have the capability of having an extra single bed put in the room. There may be an option to stay with local families.

Editor - Found this odd link connecting a visitor from Warboys to Bad Endbach


Adults c £220
Children c £200

We hope to have a donation from Huntingdonshire District Council that will help toward the cost of the trip; we will also hold fundraising events to raise funds for the trip. If there are 40 people on the trip and the fund raising goes well, the adult price could drop to £175.

Included in price:

  • All travel throughout the trip from and back to HRC, inc excursion transport.
  • Evening meal on arrival at Bad Endbach
  • 4 nights Hotel accommodation, bed & breakfast.
  • End of tour meal.


  • All lunches and evening meals other than the above.
  • Travel or instrument insurance
  • Spending money
  • Additional excursions

A £25 deposit is needed to secure your place at the time of booking with the booking form (see entry in discussion forum) to either Alan Crosthwaite ( or Joyce Reeves.

See also

Back from the Isle of Man (Windy Isle)Norfolk 2009 Tour - Planning


See discussion thread in forums

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Interview - BBC Radio Cambs - Thurs 29th July 3pm

The HUMS Classical Guitar Ensemble got interviewed by Sue Dougan at the BBC Cowley Road studios in Cambridge today. This was the product of an initial cheeky email following the concert the ensemble gave in Old Hurst church and quite a bit on communication in the meantime. The representatives of the ensemble were Sandra Buckenham (ensemble director) with students Peter Maylor, Terry Schooling and Lorena Serna.

The interview lasted for something like 30 minutes and ranged far and wide not only about the guitar ensemble but also the music school itself. We always hit the problem of ‘school’ being associated with youngsters so often folks don’t realise that the music school is open to all ages. This has surfaced before when talking with the BBC but apparently Sue hadn’t even heard of the school. Well she has heard now and there’s a tentative suggestion that an future feature might be made on the music school itself, perhaps in September.

For those who’d like to listen to the interview it will be broadcast at around 3pm on Thursday 29th July on BBC Radio Cambridgshire. The schedule for Thursday is available here. You can always listen live from the BBC Radio Cambs website. It will be available via the BBC iPlayer for up to 7 days after the interview.

The photos have been added to the Huntingdonshire Music School group on Flickr.

See also

HUMS Classical Guitar Ensemble to Feature on BBC Radio CambridgeshireA School of Friends

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