It was ‘hello cello’ at end of term concert

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MOULTON Community Centre was packed as it said ‘hello cello’ when students of the village music school celebrated the end of term with a concert.

Students, who come from across Lincolnshire, including Bourne, Market Deeping and Boston, played a variety of music on cello, ranging from the theme from Wallace and Gromit to a Vivaldi sonata.

All the players are taught by professional cellist Glenis Malkin, who also teaches piano and theory to children and adults at her Hallgate home.

Mrs Malkin, a graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and winner of the Guildhall School Cello prize, said: “Everyone played superbly. It is very important, with increasing demands on young people, for them to establish a skill like music early on.

“One-to-one instrumental lessons are not always available in school or are increasingly expensive and there is also a preference for children being placed in large groups for musical experiences, which is very limiting.

“Learning a proper instrument properly with a qualified professional, in a well-equipped, one-to-one situation, with opportunities like this concert to make music with others, supports every aspect of their future and singles them out from the crowd as being committed and dedicated – whatever level they get to.

“It’s also great fun – all my students gain a great love for all types of music. Musical qualifications from the Royal School of Music or Trinity Guildhall on their CV, no matter what career they pursue, is an advantage too.”

Professional conductor Fraser Goulding accompanied Mrs Malkin, who also played a solo in the concert, as well as accompanying performances from a cello ensemble she has formed, a cello sextet with her most advanced students and a massed grand finale with 20 cellists playing together for carol singing.