The Snowman 11.30am at St Mary’s, Green Street Green.

A return to Green Street Green of the wonderful Snowman concert that we performed last year. Based on Raymond Briggs magical book for children and accompanied by the fabulous score by Howard Blake arranged for string quartet, we are once again joined by our friends from enSEmble26 for a performance, with actor, of this Christmas classic. This is a storytelling to music and we are so lucky to be joined by the fabulous Susie Riddell of The Archers, who will be entrancing the children as we play the iconic music, including ‘Walking through the Air’, sung by 10 year old Martha Norris.

Classical Christmas Concert 7pm at St Martin-of-Tours, Chelsfield.

Join us for Christmas music for string quartet, accompanied by readings of seasonal poems.

Tom Norris and Ellie Fagg, violin; Malcolm Johnston, viola; Rebecca Gilliver, cello, joined by 10 year old Martha who will be singing with us. This will be a festive evening to get you in the mood for the big day! A programme of about an hour, interspersing music and poetry from Christmas traditions across Europe.

Both concerts will first pay the musicians and the church and any profit left over will go to Bromley Food Bank, via a donation to the Trussell Trust. Worlds End Music is aware that financing Christmas this year could be problematic for some and therefore on the ticketing website there is a possibility to ‘Pay what you can’ so that no one is left out. The ‘Pay what you can’ option can also be used if you would like to make a larger payment which would then go to the charity.

Ideas in the pipeline

Other ideas we are working on at the moment include more concerts in our ‘Double Trouble’ duo series. And another project we would really like to get going on is ‘A Festival of Bach’ which will include the cello suites, some of the violin partitas and if we can finance it, a culmination event including at least one of the Brandenburg concertos. Details will be announced as soon as possible!

Childrens Concerts

We hope very much to have a woodwind concert for the children as soon as possible and we are working on a ‘Musical Magical Mystery Hunt’ in High Elms for next summer. This will be a weather-dependent date! I have approached Bromley council to see how this will pan out so keep your eyes on the page!

Young Artists Programme

We are continuing our commitment to including a talented young local musician in as many of our concerts or festivals as possible. This Christmas we have invited 10 year old Martha Norris from Sydenham to give her concert debut singing ‘Walking in the Air’.

Artists we have heard already include young professional trumpeter Louis Barclay; violinist Scott Storey (now co-leader of the NYO); singer Jonathan Brookes and cellist Nina Kiva, who was the star of the show at our Ukrainian fundraiser. Next season we have already confirmed one of our Young Artists – cellist Henry Hargreaves, who is very local indeed having grown up ON Worlds End Lane!

Festival of Youth!

Another idea we have in the pipeline is a Festival of Youth. Continuing on from our desire to nurture young music in the community we are working on a plan to hold two concerts of young musicians. The first would be school-age players chosen from the classes of local music teachers; the second would be a showcase for college level students. Just on the top of the hill here in Green Street Green there are three teachers representing The Royal Academy, The Royal College and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama so we’re very excited about these possibilities!