Lis Sadler, the CRSO’s Orchestra Manager, has been extremely busy over the last few weeks, and reports back on the many activities that she and CRSO members have been involved with:
“Just to keep you up to date with everything we have been busy with over the last few weeks. First of all, our wonderful May concert. It was such a happy occasion, with a great turnout. We were particularly pleased to welcome 18 children from Saxon Way Primary School, who were attending their first ever concert of classical music. The children came with their headteacher and deputy headteacher, were very excited and had dressed up beautifully for the occasion.
We are starting to form a link with this school and are also supporting their Arts Festival at the end of June. Four groups of CRSO musicians will visit the school during this time, show their instruments and perform for the children.
Secondly, rehearsals have started for our Lenham Festival Concert at the Tithe Barn in Lenham. The Lenham Family Festival is organised each year by the local community to raise money for three chosen charities – this year the Katie Piper Foundation and Lenham Primary School, as well as the CRSO. The CRSO has been invited to help raise money, but also to bring classical music to a new audience which includes families, so we have devised a programme suitable for newcomers to classical music.
The second half of the concert is very much ‘Classic FM’: Brian Rance will perform the first movement from the Haydn trumpet concerto, Gary Bowman the second movement of the Mozart clarinet concerto, and we have also added the Fauré Pavane and the last movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. The first half of the concert, on the other hand, is something entirely new but equally accessible: Jacob Bride’s Alice Suite. This is the third piece we are performing by Jacob, after the Folk Rhapsody in 2015 and the Viola Concerto at the Woodville last year. It’s a work to bring a smile to everyone’s face – full of energy and tunefulness. It loosely follows the story of Alice in Wonderland, so the children of Lenham Primary School have been asked to produce some art work inspired by the story and to devise the choreography for two dances within the work. We have two wonderful soloists for Alice: Pam Palmer and Sian Woodling. The concert is at 7pm on 17 June, there’s food and wine at the interval and tickets cost Â£15 (Â£13 concessions), available in advance only.
Last weekend was a very sunny one, and five of us got sunburnt performing on a barge in the river Medway, during the Chatham Maritime Food and Drink Festival. It was a bit of an adventure performing on a rocking ship, with the music not exactly protected by the elements, but I’m sure CRSO contributed to the success of this particular occasion.
We finish our season on 8 July in Broadstairs, with a concert in the style of ‘Last Night of the Proms’. This concert has come about through our association with composer Jacob Bride, who is also the musical director of the Bradstow Singers. This amazing choir is only a couple of years old but has really taken off and seems to be full of budding soloists with amazing voices. CRSO are very pleased to be working with them for this concert. Favourite works to look forward to are Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory in the English half and Barber’s Adagio for Strings in the American Half. Tickets and further information are available here.
We have also started distributing our 2017-8 brochures – the first concert is on 4th November. We hope to see you there! Have a great summer.