As part of our work within the community, Malvern Concert Club arranged for an afternoon performance in the Forum Theatre by Classic Rhythm on October 25th, attended by nearly 200 Y5 and Y6 pupils from local primary schools. With a delightful combination of humour, storytelling and musical accompaniment (which had been composed by Classic Rhythm member Adrian Sutcliffe), the pupils were treated to an array of both familiar and unusual instruments and sounds, which accompanied a reading of the tale about a hapless Prince and his four strange, but supportive, servants. A majority of the pupils attending were familiar with and/or are learning to play the piano, flute or recorder, all of which featuring in the afternoon’s performance, but the array of instruments being used by the percussionist Chris Brannick was a new and engaging experience for many of us. Everyone was impressed by the energy and enthusiasm which all members of the ensemble brought to their performance, with Stefan Scot’s narration of the tale bringing an added and animated dimension to the occasion. There was no doubt that the chatter and smiles on the faces of both staff and pupils, as they left at the end of the performance, reflected everyone’s enjoyment of the afternoon’s activity. Our thanks go to all members of the ensemble, the fourth member being Helen O’Connell with whom some of you may be familiar, as she is a long-standing teacher of the flute at Malvern College.
Future membership of the Concert Club and attendance at our events will, to some extent, be built upon positive musical experiences such as those provided by Classic Rhythm for this afternoon, especially when the opportunity to hear live music-making is increasingly problematic in both secondary and primary schools.
Thank you to everyone who brought about this event.