Canned music took on a whole new meaning for Stroud youngsters when members of the orchestra dropped by to promote our free children’s concert on Sunday June 25th. For among the instruments they brought along was a watering can!
French horn player Stephen Belinfante showed pupils at Sheepscombe, Cranham and Uplands primary schools how he could play the theme tune to Harry Potter using the garden implement with a mouthpiece. They then took turns to try to create notes on his can and French horn, as well as on a flute, clarinet, violin, viola and cello brought along by the group of seven orchestra members.
Musical director Glyn Oxley told the children about the different instruments making up a full orchestra and what it was like to be the conductor. He invited them all to have a go – which will happen again at the concert.
They listened to excerpts from the concert programme, which features Harry Potter, as well as a musical version of children’s author Roald Dahl’s The Three Little Pigs. This fairytale favourite has a dastardly Dahl twist at the end – and will be narrated by 18-year-old Stroud High School pupil Lydia Kenny, from Dursley, who was a finalist in the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year. During the concert, children will be invited to sit among the players, conduct the orchestra and play percussion instruments.
We would love to see you at Stroud’s Subscription Rooms, on Sunday June 25th at 3pm. Tickets (£10 for adults, children free) are available from the Box Office 01453 760900 Stroud Subscription Rooms