Live music entertainment was greatly affected by Covid-19 restrictions, but now we can return…with a caution of wind! Working towards a concert renewed enthusiasm and gave the performers the opportunity to share their joy in music. Playing improved and this brought confidence. The chance to feel good for your effort…the win-win situation! It was also a fundraiser for The Arts Centre, an excellent performance venue…another win!

There was a range of instruments for people to experience, players from beginner to advanced and from a variety of styles; Tango, Broadway, Solid Rock, Baroque, Classical and Romantic, Jazz, Folk, Film and Ballet. Eliza Cowell and Sue Guy (in her first public music performance) played a piano solo each and a duet, bridging the generation gap and showing that through learning, laughing, practising and performing, music is ageless.

MacKenzie Bird is conquering the brass, learning both trumpet and euphonium. Kay, his mother is getting younger as she trills away on the flute! Phil Chadwick is striving for the tone of Acker Bilk…but on the saxophone! During the last 2 years the instruments have not been heard unless you lived next door to me! A few students continued via “Zoom” and I took the opportunity for further study and practise gaining my Associate of Music (AMusA) in October 2020.  It was time to celebrate the sharing of live music, “nothing else but wild sounds civilised into time and tune” (Thomas Fuller)