On Tuesday, 7, and Wednesday, 8 March, two of our students, Ella Beattie-Edwards and Amber Stonehouse, were asked to play the violin at the Anvil in Basingstoke. Hampshire Music Service staged a production called Barnaby’s Travels around the world. Amber and Ella’s ensemble played Irish music when Barnaby goes to Ireland along with some Irish dancers joining in too. Over 50 primary schools each day attended the event and the schools had learned songs from around the world to join in.
Some members of Hampshire Music Service travel around the county, playing music from around the world, to an audience of babies, young children and their parents. The Folk Ensemble was invited to participate in one of these events at The United Church, Winchester. This was at the start of the Easter holidays. It was lovely seeing the very young children respond to live music.
There are more exciting music opportunities on the horizon for Ella and Amber. Their ensemble has been invited to participate in the Primary Schools Ceilidh in June. They have also just passed an audition to play at Sidmouth Folk Festival in August.
We wish them the best of luck for this!