Wow, it’s been a hectic few months for the quartet!
Paul and Steve spent six weeks delivering sessions in two Pupil Referral Units in Liverpool where they taught the students how to play a pBone from scratch. Each of these culminated in well-received concerts with the whole quartet. We also had a rewarding trip to the Kingfisher Special School in Oldham where we performed for the pupils and introduced them to new sensory experiences. We love this kind of work and met some smashing young people along the way.
We had a great evening at the beginning of July providing music for a 60th birthday party in Manchester for a fan of the RNCM trombone choir. Their theme was 80s music and although we didn’t have our own flares, the party-goers certainly made up for it with their costumes!
A few days later, the whole quartet embarked on the long journey down to Essex for our education project as part of the Thaxted Festival. Last year’s evening concert at the festival was a real highlight for us and we think this year’s appearance will prove to be the same!
For three days we worked with the year 5 and 6 pupils of the Henham and Ugley Primary School, leading intensive workshops with current instrumentalists as well as complete beginners.
Half of the quartet helped the kids through the basics of pBone playing and composition, whilst the other two formed a band featuring trombones, trumpets, clarinets, saxophones, flutes, recorders, guitars, piano, drums and even a cello! At the end of our visit we performed a concert for the school and families where the kids really rose to the occasion.
We finished our trip with a family concert in Thaxted Parish Church. We were pleased to see an audience of all ages, including students from the primary school and had lots of fun on stage.
When we returned, we were finally able to stop and relax after an exhilarating couple of months. The summer holidays won’t be all about resting though – we have an increasingly busy schedule building up for next term and will have updates arriving on our website very soon.
See you in the autumn!
Chris, Paul and Steve
3rd August, 2017
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