CONCERT REVIEW: Spalding youngsters start climb up learning curve of musical life

Elizabeth Love, a member of Spalding Junior Strings who performed at the annual Spring Concert in Spalding last Tuesday. Photo by Tim Wilson.
Elizabeth Love, a member of Spalding Junior Strings who performed at the annual Spring Concert in Spalding last Tuesday. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Spalding Music Centre Spring Concert featuring Junior and Senior Strings, South Holland Centre, Spalding

There was no hiding place for the young maestros trying to make an impression in front of families and friends at South Holland Centre last Tuesday.

Members of Spalding Music Centre’s Junior and Senior Strings were placed firmly in the spotlight for their annual spring concert under the guidance of conductors Chris Muscillo and Justyna Galkowska.

The 90-minute concert featured collaborations as diverse as The Can Can, Les Miserables and Bach’s Peasant Cantata, all of which tested the 25 musicians involved.

But there was a bonus for the audience inside South Holland Centre’s function hall as pupils from Tydd St Mary Primary School joined the Junior Strings for a unique work called Unjagga, combining sounds and symbols on pieces of flashcard held up by the conductors.

If the aim of the night was to give birth to a love of music inside young hearts, then the concert certainly succeeded in setting off memories to last a lifetime.

However, it was the cello and violin solo and duets where the real character of the youngsters was examined, with some coping better than others.

But this is just the start for them.

Review by Winston Brown