Welcome to our first ever newsletter! We decided to start one so that we can share all our news and round up any social media announcements all in one place. We’ve been pretty busy since September, with some exciting concerts and auditions, and we can’t wait to tell you about them – so, here we go!
September started with a one-day trip to Utrecht in the Netherlands, where we auditioned for the EEEmerging scheme in the TivoliVredenburg concert hall. It was a great place to play, and we had lots of fun exploring Utrecht before heading back to the UK that evening. We’re absolutely thrilled that our audition was successful, and we’ll be one of the EEEmerging ensembles 2018! You can read more about the scheme here.
Wigmore Chamber Tots
Another highlight of our September were our final workshops and performances at Wigmore Hall as one of the Hall’s Chamber Tots ensembles 2016-17. We had a brilliant time as always getting to play in our favourite concert hall and making a journey into the jungle come alive with music for all our lovely audience members!
John Barleycorn Alive
As one of the young ensembles on the Brighton Early Music Festival ‘Live!’ scheme, we have our Showcase performance coming up on November 4th, where we’ll be presenting a short programme in response to their theme: ‘Roots’. We decided to take the word at its most literal meaning, and explore the role that plant roots and agriculture played in cultural life in 17th-18th century Europe. At the heart of this programme is a harvest song that we love improvising over – John Barleycorn (this may sound familiar if you’re a fan of the band Traffic!). We’ve just finished touring the programme at four venues throughout October: in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, as part of the Bournemouth Arts-by-the-Sea Festival, at the BREMF Preview Day, and at the Dorset, Brighton. We also appeared on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme on Wednesday 25th October, and you can hear us playing and talking about this music on BBC iPlayer here.
Live Music Now
We are proud to announce that following our audition earlier in October we’ve been selected as one of Live Music Now’s ensembles. Live Music Now was founded in 1977 by Yehudi Menuhin and is the largest music outreach organisation in the UK, aiming to support musicians at the start of their professional careers with performance opportunities and training, while providing performances and workshops in schools, residential care homes, and hospitals. We can’t wait!
Thanks for reading – come to a concert in 2017 and say hello!
December 1st 2017
Lunchtime concert, 1pm, St James’s Church, Sussex Gardens, Paddington, London, W2 3UD
December 3rd 2017
Afternoon concert, 4pm, Corner of Woodland Avenue, High Street, Acton, Greater London, W3 9BU