After a stunning performance from Orchestra 360 at the Brighton Dome's Access Day attention went to Saturday evening where the Brighton & Hove Wind Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Concert Band and Wind Band performed collaboratively for a Wind Gala!
At the beautiful St Johns Church, these talented musicians performed pieces including, 'Misty' featuring Wind Orchestra trombonist Benjamin Loska by Erroll Gardener, Overture from 'Mary Poppins' by Robert & Richard B Sherman arranged by Wind Orchestra's own Jacy de Sousa and not forgetting a performance from Wind Band conducted by Youth Orchestra's own Tabitha Hancox.
A special thank you to the Brighton & Hove Friends Association for supporting this event.
With so many brilliant young percussionists in mind, Brighton & Hove Music Centre hosted a percussion workshop on Monday 28th March giving young musicians an opportunity to try out different percussion instruments with no previous experience needed! After a successful afternoon of trying out new instruments came together to watch a performance by Advanced Percussion Ensemble.
If your child is interested in joining a percussion group, find out more and apply today.
Brighton & East Sussex String Ensemble
Monday 28th March brought us the Brighton & East Sussex String Ensemble performing with soloist Raghad Haddad performing Shoshtakovich, Excerpts from the Chamber Symphony, Adagio and Dance from Bulgarian Suite by Svatanov, Theme music from the film Psycho by Bernard Herrmann and Air for Strings by Paul Carr.
This wonderful evening raised £232.35 for the Humanitarian Appeal.
Not forgetting the main piece of the evening, 'Music of Exile' by Peter Copley.
The initial impetus for Music of Exile came to me when I discovered that Raghad Haddad was also a performer of Arabic folk music. She played me some examples and I conceived the idea of a piece that would combine elements of Arabic music with western classical instruments and traditions.Peter Copley
Create music spring gala
Tuesday 29th March brought us the Create Music Spring Gala featuring Brighton & East Sussex Youth Orchestra, String Ensemble and Brighton & Hove Big Band at the Kings Centre, Eastbourne.
However this wasn't just an end of term concert, this concert represented not only the coming together of the two music service's, East Sussex Music and Brighton & Hove Music & Arts to become Create Music but also the coming together of Brighton & Hove and East Sussex orchestras.
Big Band kicked off the night performing Honk by Jarvis, Crusin' For a Blusein' by Weiner, Shining Stars by White, Bailey & Dunn, Fiesta Bahia by Lopez and Sing, Sing, Sing by Prima. Then introduced to the stage was Brighton & East Sussex Youth Orchestra performing Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky. After a short interval we were moved again by the Music of Exile by Peter Copley performed by String Ensemble and soloist Raghad Haddad. Finally ending the concert with a bang with the Youth Orchestra performing 'American in Paris' by George Gershwin.
It has been so lovely and has brought back so many great memories seeing these ensembles perform again. The pieces were so moving and enjoyable, I can't wait to see the orchestra perform again for the Brighton Festival.Audience Member
Well done to all the talented musicians who took part in these wonderful end of term concerts.
Thank you for all the support and expertise from tutors and volunteers and a massive thank you to all the parents and carers for supporting the Music Centre this term.
We are excited to welcome you all back for another term of music making!
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