New orches­tra needs play­ers

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

Or­ches­tral mu­si­cians in Marl­bor­ough will be thrilled to hear the Marl­bor­ough Civic Orches­tra has been formed.

A pub­lic meet­ing was held at the end of last month where those who at­tended voted unan­i­mously to form the group. This will be the first time in some 30 years that an orches­tra that in­cludes adults has ex­isted in Marl­bor­ough.

Marl­bor­ough mu­si­cian Linda Lloyd, who has been push­ing the idea, says the newly formed orches­tra in­vites all mem­bers of the pub­lic who play any in­stru­ment to be part of its data base of mu­si­cians.

‘‘The civic orches­tra will be an um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion for all forms of or­ches­tral groups, such as, but not limited to, wood­wind en­sem­bles, string groups, cham­ber groups, a youth orches­tra as well as all com­ing to­gether for at least one con­cert a year in­cor­po­rat­ing all play­ers for a full orches­tra,’’ she says.

The orches­tra would like to hear from any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing. All ages and skill lev­els are wel­come, with the only pre­req­ui­site be­ing that mu­si­cians can read mu­sic even if at a be­gin­ner level, and that they play an in­stru­ment that can be used in an or­ches­tral set­ting.

As well as clas­si­cal mu­sic, the group will also play movie themes, folk mu­sic and pop mu­sic with the hope be­ing to in­cor­po­rate as wide a range of mu­si­cians as is pos­si­ble and to use lo­cal talent as well as bring­ing in some won­der­ful na­tional per­form­ers and con­duc­tors, Linda says.

‘‘We are look­ing at the fu­ture of New start: Marl­bor­ough clas­si­cal mu­si­cians, from left, Peata Panoho, 14, Char­lotte Panoho, 16, Linda Lloyd, Mary Mont­gomery (seated) and Ana Panoho are thrilled at the for­ma­tion of the Marl­bor­ough Civic Orches­tra. or­ches­tral mu­sic in Blen­heim and with the new theatre be­ing built and loads of young talent com­ing through, we feel this is a timely next step in pro­vid­ing more cul­tural events and op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Marl­bor­ough re­gion,’’ she says.

Comb­ing adults and young stu­dent mu­si­cians is a first step – the next will be de­vel­op­ing a full young orches­tra for chil­dren, with the aim of get­ting them into the Civic Orches­tra.

‘‘Hope­fully we will be able to even­tu­ally pro­vide mu­si­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery young per­son and older per­son, and work along­side other groups and mu­si­cal so­ci­eties in Blen­heim,’’ Linda says.

The orches­tra is plan­ning a con­cert in early Septem­ber and the first re­hearsal is at Blen­heim School Hall on Satur­day at 3.30pm for a wood­wind en­sem­ble, and 4.15 for all other in­stru­ments. In­ter­ested mu­si­cians can con­tact Linda on 03 578 9177 or 022 109 9242 or just turn up to the first prac­tice.

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