Wonderful Day!

Thank you so much to everyone who supported Annabel’s Music Marathon yesterday. We had a very special day filled with fabulous music of all varieties, lovely food and friendship.
Lots of money was raised – Annabel has not yet released a total!
In the meantime, perhaps you would like to listen to this clip, broadcast yesterday morning to advertise the event. Annabel’s interview is at 01.23 into the programme.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0306527#play

Time for an encore!

We now have only 5 sleeps to go before the long awaited Music Marathon!
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This year the venue has changed and we will be at Colerne Primary School Hall this Saturday. Come along for some spectacular musical performances and a lovely get-together with friends over a cup of tea and a slice of yummy homemade cake. We also have a raffle with some fabulous prizes, a lucky dip, guess the weight of Mrs B’s beautiful cake made especially for Jemima’s Gift and an opportunity for little ones to make a bead bracelet to take home. We will also have some CDs by local musicians for sale and a bar offering a wide variety of high quality alcohol-free wines, beer, lager and soft drinks. You are very welcome to bring your own alcoholic drinks to enjoy should you so wish.
Here is a full programme of events so that you can plan your visit:

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Lovely letter from Emma

imageIt was lovely to receive this beautifully written letter from Emma about her adventures with The National Children’s Orchestra. Congratulations on gaining a very well-deserved distinction in your Grade 8 exam this summer. What a fantastic achievement!

imageimageEmma will also be appearing on Saturday at The Music Marathon as a soloist. We are very excited to have so many talented and aspiring young musicians taking part. Do come along and support them, you are guaranteed to be entertained, amazed and inspired!

Congratulations to Millie and Lily!

Millie and Lily are learning to play woodwind instruments at Abbeyfield School in Chippenham, supported by Jemima’s Gift.

Millie is learning to play the oboe and has now passed her Grade One ABRSM exam as well as playing regularly in North Wiltshire Junior Wind Band.

Lily gained her Grade Three on the bassoon with distinction this summer. She plays with NWJWB and has also joined the Intermediate Wind Band where she is the only bassoon player!

image Both girls have been working really hard on these tricky instruments and we have received glowing reports from their woodwind teacher, who is hoping to form a “Double Reed Ensemble” at the school in the near future.
We are particularly looking forward to hearing Lily and Millie play at this weekend’s Music Marathon!
Double reed instruments, particularly the bassoon, are classed as “endangered instruments” and are part of Classic FM’s campaign to increase the popularity of some less-played instruments, so we are especially proud to be facilitating these young musicians’ lessons.

Well done girls – keep up the good work!

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