More than 350 young string players aged 8 to 18 years filled Winchester Cathedral recently, as Hampshire Music Service gathered young musicians in preparation for their biggest ever performance at the Royal Albert Hall in April.
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, attended and congratulated the ensembles for their impressive performance. He said:
This was an excellent concert with over 300 performers, from the very young to those about to go to university, organised as a precursor to their concert at the Royal Albert Hall on St George’s Day on 23 April. I would like to pay tribute to the pupils and staff involved.
I would also like to thank Winchester Cathedral. We very much appreciate their support, which has enabled us to provide so many young people with unforgettable experiences of performing in a world-famous venue.Hampshire is one of the few counties to sustain a Music Service of this scale and calibre. Once again it is an example of what Hampshire can achieve because of its size and excellence.
The composer of ‘Fiddlers Hill’, Jeff Moore, was also at the Cathedral to enjoy it. He said:
I’ve been lucky enough to hear many great performances of my music over the last few years, but this was particularly special. I thought the programming and the organisation of the evening was imaginative and well thought out, and the good spirit of all staff and children was evident throughout the day. And to hear Fiddler’s Hill played so convincingly by such a vast number of players was incredible.