TALENTED folk star twin sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick head the line-up for a free community concert to mark the reopening of Wiltshire Music Centre, at Bradford-on-Avon, from noon to 4pm on Saturday 26th September.The concert will celebrate the local musical community, with performances by many of the ensembles and groups who regularly rehearse and perform there, including Wiltshire Young Musicians and the Zone Club. The programme will range from classical to jazz, folk and world music.
For many of the musicians, this will be the first live performance for many months and will celebrate both their return to music-making and the important role WMC plays in the creative community of Wiltshire. The venue will be the centre’s back lawn, with allocated areas for families to picnic in a socially distanced way.
James Slater, the centre’s artistic director, says: “We have been anticipating this moment for months. There have been many sleepless nights wondering when and even if we might get back to sharing live music together again here at WMC. So we couldn’t be more delighted that this moment has arrived and it is completely fitting that we celebrate our return to live events with the young musicians and local ensembles who are the beating heart of the centre.”
Any donations on the day will go to the centre’s Community Fundraising Appeal, which aims to raise £60,000 to enable its reopening and ambitious community engagement programme. Through its work as a community centre, concert hall and creative learning hub, Wiltshire Music Centre supports the wellbeing of more than 65,000 people a year. So far, almost £40,000 has been raised, including £10,000 match-funding from the Medlock Charitable Trust.
Among those taking the stage will be Wiltshire Jazz Academy, which was launched during lockdown in partnership with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO). Virtual monthly sessions with Mike Daniels and NYJO tutors have provided an opportunity for players to develop their technique and improvisation skills, and learn more about the world of jazz music.
There will be a swinging set by Jazz Factory, which offers members a chance to play and sing all styles of jazz in rehearsals and performances at WMC. The Cantamus Chamber Choir, run by Mike Daniels, regularly performs a wide range of chamber music and occasionally larger works often with other local and national groups. Mike will also bring his Brass Quintet which was formed to perform concerts for toddlers and now entertains listeners of all ages across Bath and Wiltshire.
The finale will feature the Carrivick Sisters, playing their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers, on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo. The duo have run Sunday Folk sessions for young players at WMC.
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Pictured: The Carrivick Sisters, members of the Cantamus Choir.