Bagpipe player David Boggon inspired Lois and Mila to make their own DIY pipes and went on to create one of our most memorable Christmas Cracker concerts ever at Cheltenham Town Hall on Sunday afternoon (Dec 19).
He’d travelled down from Dundee to stand on the steps of Cheltenham Town Hall creating a sensation there and later inside with the ‘alcohol-fuelled’ performance of Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding and Sunrise.
Some incredible solos came from GSO leader Marie Roberts-Watkins, the woodwind, brass and our harpist, under Glyn Oxley’s baton.
The orchestra also accompanied the amazing Jackie Shewell-Thomas’s ballet dancers who performed a certain sort of magic in Coppelia (Delibes).
And to cap it all, the choral prowess of choirmasters Rachel Bowen and Ben Sawyer brought another brilliant dimension to our matinee concert for all the family, which made this Christmas particularly special as we continue to battle Covid.
Lois has made her own DIY bagpipe out of marigolds, ready for GSO’s Christmas Cracker music and ballet bonanza on Sunday 19 December 2021. She’ll be getting a FREE ticket to the festive family concert at Cheltenham Town Hall at 3pm, when she brings her homemade instrument along and meets Scottish bagpipe player and soloist David Boggon.
Any child under 14 can do the same. Find out how here on our website.
And to get your tickets to the concert, when masks will be worn by adults and lateral flow tests recommended beforehand, visit: https://www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/event/christmas-cracker-with-gloucestershire-symphony-orchestra-2021-328957/
Enter the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2022 competition NOW by visiting the Gloucestershire Young Musician section on this website. Entries close at midnight on Sunday 19 December 2021.
You too could win a trophy with a £500+ cash prize and perform at Gloucestershire’s most prestigious concert halls. Current winner Darcy Beck thoroughly enjoyed her very first marimba concerto concert at Cheltenham Town Hall and now has a string of other performance platforms.