For your diary: Christmas Bells! 14th December ~ The Snowman 17th December

Christmas Bells!

7pm, Thursday 14th December.

St Martin-of-Tours, Church Road, Chelsfield.

Join us for a festive hour of Christmas music, played by the wonderful Cromwell Brass quintet.

2pm, Sunday 17th December.

St Mary’s Church, Worlds End Lane, Green Street Green.

The Snowman, read by actor Susie Riddell, accompanied by a string quartet of professionals playing Howard Blake’s film score, come and enjoy Raymond Brigg’s classic and touching tale of a young boy who meets a Snowman. One the children, (and you!) will love.

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!