Updated: Jun 13, 2020
Catch up on OMF’s most recent concert with a report from Charlie!
On Monday 1st April, we were delighted to be welcomed to The Carole Nash Hall in Chetham’s School of Music. Our eighteen Maingot violin scholars, teachers and parents were treated to some lovely performances from some of the students from the school, with a number of exciting medleys of classical music and Mozart. Emma Cunliffe, Outreach Programme Manager at Chetham’s, also gave us an inspiring talk on the work that Chetham’s do in providing opportunities for young people to get involved with music.
After a brief rehearsal, it was time for the main event: our Maingot scholars’ performances! Our violin tutors, Megan and Tory, have been working with the children over several months and they did not disappoint- particular highlights included the schools playing together, with Plymouth Grove Primary School and Claremont Primary School playing Troll Orcs and Goblins, and St Cuthberts and St Mary’s finishing the concert with Can Can. All of the scholars have improved hugely in a very short space of time, and their parents were very impressed!
We were very lucky to be joined by Sally from the Maingot Trust, who so generously support the programme. Sally had a few words to say, including a lovely card from all the trustees, a painting (see below) and a poem by William and Catherine (also trustees):
‘As we wake up in the morning
(Though the yearning hardly ceases)
We jump up to be tuning
Our Strings, to practice pieces.
Oh! The scales and exercises
To gain grades and win some prizes
While the music never ceases
And our skill and art increases’
Everyone had a wonderful time, and we are looking forward to a further concert at Chetham’s in June- we can’t wait to see how much further our Maingot scholars have improved by then!