Huntingdonshire Music School Association


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.

Itinerary

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

Accommodation

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

Cost

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.

Excluded:

  • 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 (a.crosthwaite495@btinternet.com) or Joyce Reeves.

See also

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

Forums

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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Sunday, February 22, 2009

HUMS Clarinettist Stuns Emperor Penguin


I suppose it had to happen. Not content with playing in the bowels of the RRS Les Dawson Keith decided to practice in front of a larger audience. Usually this is a good thing and we would advise any music student to practice in front of strange folks in order to build up confidence. Keith took this advice to heart but being unable to find any humans willing to endure instead decided that the local wildlife in Antarctica would do. I don’t think that the BAS have conducted any studies on the tolerance of the penguin to such noise but hope that it doesn’t affect fertility (penguins!). Those with a keen eye will notice that 1 penguin in the centre appears to have been stunned (or at least has found something better to do).  wink

It does remind of a Creature Comforts clip. I just wonder what the penguins are saying…!


As Keith himself says:-

I was on the afterdeck working when this lot turned up.  They’ve been loitering around the ship (which is moored up at Brunt Ice Shelf at the moment) for a couple of days now, and I got Bruce to take this.  As you will see, he’s enthusiastic about fill-in flash.  These are Emperor Penguins (as if you didn’t know).

Nice scenery.

 

See also

All at Sea in the Southern Ocean: A HUMS Clarinettist in the AntarcticPlay (Music ;-) )with Others


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