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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Huntingdonshire Music School At The George Hotel

Huntingdonshire music school was very privileged to have been able to hold it’s Summer Concert at The George Hotel this year.

It was touch and go as to whether the weather would be kind to us, but the sun came out in time.

The concert began with out little flute group, newly formed especially for this concert.

Following this was the Advanced Concert Band, see picture below and our Saxophone ensemble.

The second half began with the senior string group

Our fantastic folk group was up next - without music as always.

Our grand finale was provided by our fantastic and very busy big band.

Huntingdonshire Music School would like to thank all staff, students and families for supporting this concert,The George Hotel, Huntingdon for allowing us to use this fantastic venue and the weather for being kind to us in the end!

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Tea with a swing

Huntingdonshire Music School Big Band has had a very busy year this year.

The Band have a fantastic repertoire of 40’s music and have been putting this to good use at many events this year. Dressed for the occasion they have entertained crowds at several 40’s themed events this year including the Warboys World War II 70th Anniversary Fete on Saturday 27th May. One member of the band described this event as follows. Gorgeous Weather and marvelous music! Appreciative Audience and tea in Jasmine Beryl Ware cups and saucers! When it finally comes the band we hope that the band enjoy a well deserved summer break. You can catch them next at an open rehearsal in Huntingdon Library on 19th September 2015.

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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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