A full house at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall greeted pupils from 37 Cheshire East schools on Thursday 16th June, as they joined forces with the world-famous Hallé Orchestra.
Come and Play with the Hallé is an annual event where young instrumentalists are given the opportunity to not only hear a live symphony orchestra but also to join in with specially chosen and adapted pieces. The event is co-ordinated by the Love Music Trust, who are the lead partner and fund holder for the music education hub in Cheshire East, who also head up the Wider Opportunities initiative across the borough.
One of the LMT's area choirs, Nantwich Young Voices, was invited to sing at the celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday with a packed concert at St Mary’s Church.
The event was attended by Lord Lieutenant for Cheshire David Briggs and Mayor of Nantwich Cllr Andrew Martin and his wife Linda, and the choir entertained a full church with songs through the decades.
Also during the day was a tea party for the town’s 90-year-olds, the lighting of the town’s jubilee beacon in the square, and a fireworks display at the end.
It was organised by Liz Southall, from Redshift Radio, Shaun Cafferty from Martin & Co, Nantwich Town Council, and the church. Shaun said: “We did invite the country’s most well-known 90-year-old, but unfortunately Her Majesty was already committed to another party on The Mall in London!”
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The following week saw the Young Voices again being asked to perform but this time for a very different occasion. On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, a service was held at the War Memorial on Nantwich town square with the Mayor of Cheshire East, Cllr Olivia Hunter leading tributes to the fallen from the First World War battle.
There was a speech by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE, and a musical performance by Nantwich Young Voices.
Andrew Latham from Cheshire East Council thanked Victoria, the choir's director and said, "thankyou to you and the Nantwich Young Voices for the excellent performance last Friday. The Children respected the significance of the event impeccably and were a credit to you and their respective parents".
Photos - Jonathan White
The LMT has three area choirs based in Nantwich, Sandbach and Alsager. Please click here for more information!
Cormac has appeared at numerous festivals around the world and has toured extensively. Primarily playing with Mercury Music Prize Nominee, Seth Lakeman, he was also a founder member of BBC award winning band, Uiscedwr. His versatility has seen him in much demand across many genres, both live and in the studio, from Traditional Irish and Folk, World Music, Classical, Jazz and Pop.
He has appeared on TV and Radio many times including performances on MTV, BBC’s Top of The Pops, BBC Breakfast, GMTV, Sharon Osbourne Show, Sky Arts, BBC Alba, RTE, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and RTE Lyric FM. He recently recorded music for BBC Film series ‘Inspector George Gently’ and UK’s Channel 4 series ‘The Mill’. He worked with James Divine (the world’s fastest tap dancer) on the international touring show ‘Tapeire’ and with Damien Barber on the dance show ‘The Lock In’.
Across two days in March, the LMT worked with in excess of 2,500 children performing at the
fabulous Victoria Hall in Hanley. The two day marathon began on Tuesday 22nd March when 1,500
primary school pupils were showcased in two concerts, celebrating singing with a film and world
music medley and a number of singing games. The showcase followed a Love Music Trust project
titled ‘SingFest’ that had engaged more than 50 Cheshire East Primary Schools over the academic
year. That evening, eight of the borough’s secondary school choirs performed their own programme
before a grand finale as a massed choir. ‘I had a wonderful time singing with lots of other children
on the big stage! It was really exciting!’ said Evie age 11.
The following day, supported by their parents, 750 foundation stage and Key Stage One children
showcased what they had learnt on their ‘Adventures with Barney Bear’, the culmination of a six-
month long music project again involving schools from across the borough. On Wednesday evening
the Gala concert featured the winners of Cheshire East Schools Music Competition – Rainow Primary
School Choir, Rode Heath Primary School Violin Ensemble, Sandbach High School Chamber Choir and
Alsager School Jazz Band. The school ensembles teamed up with the Love Music Trust Big Band and
special guest vocalist Matthew Ford, who added his appearance at the Victoria Hall to a busy
schedule which includes appearances with the John Wilson Orchestra, BBC Big Band and the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra. The Director of the Love Music Trust, John Barber said, ‘It was most
rewarding to see so many young people from across the borough participate in such an exciting
array of musical events - the young vocalists should be extremely proud of themselves’.