New orchestra needs players
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.