Following the success of our children's concert in the summer last year the orchestra performed another sell out concert at the Discovery Centre in January. The concert was nearly cancelled due to a power cut minutes before the start of the performance. However, thanks to the adaptability of the staff at the Discovery Centre the show did go on!! This time the theme was "Winter". Some orchestra members donned woolly hats and scarves for the occasion. The 30 minute concert was led by Sarah Noble (WCO leader) who introduced the pieces and the instruments of the orchestra to the children. Pieces played included excerpts from the "Nutcracker Suite", the "Sleigh ride" and "Let it Snow". The children joined in with shakers and tambourines. Sadly, the electric keyboard that was to be used for the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy was a casualty of the power cut, but, very heroically, Sarah Heard stepped into the breach and played the Sugar Plum Fairy part on her flute - a true testament to the quality and flexibility of the orchestra!
Following the concert, the children were able to try out child-sized instruments provided by Hampshire Music Service at stations around the library.
Current Committee Members
Richard Grover - Chairman
Bob Barnes - Treasurer
Peter Stone - Librarian and programme notes
Penny Jeffreys - Assistant Librarian
Craig Lawton - Musical Director (ex-officio)
Anna Beaumont - Temporary Leader of the orchestra (ex-officio)