Tavistock Music and Arts Festival

Posted: 1st May 2015

Mount Kelly musicians have had another busy week with three performances as part of the Tavistock Music and Arts Festival. 
On Monday lunchtime the newly formed Chamber Choir from the College joined the Jazz Band to entertain the public in the Abbey Chapel.  With a programme ranging from Yugoslav Folk Songs, through to pop songs ‘Pompeii’ and the ‘Saints’, there was something for everyone. Despite very restricted time to practise after the long Easter break, and many of the performers having spent the weekend on the Moor in the fog, the audience was well entertained and the standard of musicianship was very high.

Monday evening saw the annual ‘Tavistock Sings’ event in the Parish Church, this year with a slightly different format. Mount Kelly Choirs were joined by the choirs from five local primary schools and each choir performed one piece of its choice in front of an almost full church. The standard of all of the choirs was very high this year and the event culminated in a mass choir of over two hundred young voices singing a medley of songs from the hit musical ‘Mamma Mia’. The sound during this piece was incredible and the singers were amused to see a number of their parents dancing at the back of the church! Congratulations must go to Josie Francis for playing part of a piano duet to accompany the Concert Choir, and to Lizzie Bennett and Sophie Russell who both took solo parts during the evening.  Thanks also go to Mrs Twyman and Mrs Mazur-Park for accompanying the choirs.

On Wednesday lunchtime it was the turn of soloists from across the Foundation to entertain the public in the Abbey Chapel.  An hour flew by once again as an almost completely different set of musicians from Monday’s concert entertained an audience of family, friends and members of the public.  It would be invidious to single out any one performer as they all sang and played beautifully. Thanks must again go to Mrs Twyman for her help with accompanying and preparing the musicians.

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