MUSIC REVIEW - Spalding Music Centre Spring Concert, South Holland Centre, Spalding.

South Lincolnshire Youth Jazz Orchestra.
South Lincolnshire Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Glimpse into the future of making music matter to the millions

Even the most celebrated musicians of our time can remember their very first performance in public - with all the nerves, anxieties and self-doubt that went with it.

Some of Spalding Music Centre’s finest students had such an experience at a Spring Concert inside South Holland Centre’s Function Hall in front of an appreciative audience.

The concert started with a programme by Spalding Junior Strings, led by conductor Chris Muscillo and Alison Corfield, which included Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Handel’s Violin March and a programme of music for beginner string players by London-based composer Thomas Gregory.

Spalding Junior Strings also presented a number of solo items packed full of potential by Elizabeth Love, Sarah Rutterford, Katherine Nicholson and Emilia Wright.

Then it was the turn of South Lincolnshire Youth Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Ruth Adams, whose five-piece programme included promising solos by flutist Josie Periam with Hozier’s Take Me To Church and Harry Parsons on trombone playing the Billie Holliday classic Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.

Spalding Senior Strings brought the concert to a fitting climax with music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bizet, Bach and Elgar, with more promise of exciting things to come in evidence from soloists Bianca Chan, Bethan Cave, Bethany Brown and Georgina Lambe.

The future of classical and jazz music is in safe hands if Spalding Music Centre’s Spring Concert 2015 is anything to go by.

Review by Winston Brown