See the Concert Reviews page for pictures and letters from the children
In June 2015 Catherine Brown, our Chair, instigated a new concert for our season. An 'Introduction to the Orchestra' was performed in St Laurence's Church and was very warmly appreciated by local schools which filled the church with their pupils. It was a huge success and was funded by the schools involved.
Catherine organised a further concert in June 2016, 'Opera for Children', which was awarded an Arts Council Grant to cover the concert and soloists expenses. Find out more about it on the reviews page.
The series continued in 2017 (Thursday 11th May) in front of an audience of 350 local primary school children. Using The Pink Panther theme tune, several extracts from Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto Number 2, a taste of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and a snippet from the Harry Potter films soundtrack to name but a few, Ludlow Orchestra demonstrated their instruments, individually and as an ensemble, to reveal the layers of sound which combine to make the rich and complex music of a symphony orchestra. In what has become something of an annual event, members of the orchestra, guided by conductor Thomas Payne, and joined by pianist Liang Shan, aimed to share some of the excitement and satisfaction there is to be had from experiencing live music-making. The children’s reactions seemed to reinforce the value of this event: shining eyes, jigging and swaying in time to the music, squeals of delight at some the naughty sounds coming out of a trombone mouthpiece and often rapt concentration. Interaction with the orchestra allowed the audience to share their knowledge and all the children and accompanying adults joined in for the finale to conduct the orchestra with Tom. The orchestra was thanked by Ludlow Junior School for bringing these concerts to the children. Special tribute was paid to chairman of the orchestra, Catherine Brown who has been the driving force behind this project and will be greatly missed as she moves on to pastures new this summer.
We are planning for 2018 but we now need to look at other avenues for funding. It is not an expensive concert to put on but we do need financial backing, either private or corporate. If you can, or know someone who may help, please contact us or speak to a member of the orchestra or committee.