Huntingdonshire Music School Association - Student


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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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Play (Music ;-) )with Others

At present, ensembles with the exception of the Folk Group rehearse on a Saturday Morning at Huntingdonshire Regional College. Other ensemble and group playing is encouraged and regular concerts are held in and out of College.

The current groups are:-

Ensembles

  • Brass Ensemble
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Advanced String Ensemble
  • Beginner String Ensemble

Bands

  • Intermediate Concert Band
  • Advanced Concert Band
  • Big Band

Folk Group

Our recently formed Folk Group rehearses on a Tuesday night.

Ad Hoc Groups

We have a group of saxophone fanatics who get together regularly for concerts and events and scope for a flute group subject to numbers wishing to take part.

Choir

We are trying to set up a choir open to families in september - please contact us if you are interested!

Other Ideas

The list is fairly fluid as we encourage those with a similar interest to start their own groups.

See also

Music Exams - Not For Everyone!Public Work


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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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