In Harmony children perform for the Greggs Annual Fundraising Dinner
By Clare Crinson
Last week West Newcastle Symphony Orchestra (the after school orchestra of the In Harmony project) were thrilled to be asked to perform for a conference dinner held by Greggs and gave what was, in my opinion, one of their best performances to date. I know some of the students could hardly contain their excitement because one of my students was literally counting down the minutes before we left school for the Sage!
She’s one player who has really blossomed since coming to the after-school orchestra rehearsals – she seems to love the challenge of the repertoire which now has to be of a standard for players of grade 3 or more. She also seems to love the VIP performances like this one!
Our audience seemed to really enjoy our varied programme of pieces, from Purcell’s Rigadoon, to a rousing performance of the Star Wars film music. Everything was there in WNSO’s rendition of Holst’s Jupiter, from the beautiful tune with sensitive accompaniment, to dramatic dynamics…but then maybe I’m just biased because that’s the piece I conducted the orchestra for!! But it was a great evening, not least for the fact that everyone was sent home with Greggs-goody-bag!