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Concert at Hom Chapel
The Ross Classical Music Society held its fourth annual concert
on Friday 24th September at Hom Church. The soloists were Mia
Cooper (violin), Katherine Spencer (clarinet) and Daniel Tong
(piano). Although still young, all three have performed at prestigious
concert venues throughout Europe and have gained considerable
praise and recognition in the world of chamber music.
concert opened with Schumann's Phantasiestucke Op.73 for Clarinet
and Piano. This was played with great expertise and feeling
by both artists, who brought a wonderful romantic atmosphere
to the work. It was followed by Beethoven's Violin and Piano
Sonata No. 10, Op. 96. In this piece the violin really made
its presence felt, beautifully played by Mia Cooper, especially
in the haunting adagio and the final allegretto, in which piano
and violin were in perfect harmony.
a short drinks interval all three artists played Bartok's Contrasts
Sx111. This was written in 1939
the American jazz clarinettist, Benny Goodman, and seemed perfect
for our performers who played it with great exuberance and obvious
enjoyment which easily transferred to the audience - the highlight
of the evening.
concert finished with Khachaturian's Trio for Clarinet, Violin
and Piano. This also was written in the 1930s but was very different
from the Bartok. The inspiration for the work was Armenian folk
songs, with exotic, elaborate eastern melodies, very plaintive
wonderful mixed programme, greatly enjoyed by all present. Special
thanks go to George Vass who at the last moment was press-ganged
into being page-turner.
next meeting of the society will take place at Wolf Business Park,
Alton Road, Ross, on Monday 18th October, when Dr. Joan Burns
will give a talk, with musical illustrations, on The Faust Legend.
Photograph of Mia Cooper, violin, Katherine Spencer, clarinet
and Daniel Tong, piano taken during rehearsals. Thank you for
the unforgetable personal performance, without sheet music for
the sake of the camera. Ref: DSC_4212
and Community Project Award for Ashfield Park Primary School
Primary School were awarded a certificate for achieving 1st place
in Herefordshire and the Wye Valley in Bloom's, 'Summertime Floral
Compertition,' for 'Best Conservation and Community Project.
Park is a registered 'Eco' school and won the award for their
pond, which was built in April 2004 as an eco-project,
by Belinda Jones and the school's head, John Williams,
this was a
community project, supported by the Ryfield Centre and by parents
of the school's pupils.
project took three days to complete, with parents and year five
and six children physically digging and building the pond.
John Williams and Belinda Jones with children of Ashfield Park
Primary School showing their certificate.
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Kyrle High School celebrates European Awareness Day
lineup of European Dressers at John Kyrle High School. Ref: DSC_4262
Department at John Kyrle High School was delighted with the
success of European Awareness Day on Monday, 27th September.
school took part in a non-uniform day when many pupils made
the effort to dress up in typical costumes of the different
countries, the dressers including a Frenchman in his stripy
tee shirt and beret, a Spanish waiter, an Austrian hiker and
a Welsh miner among others. The Languages staff also looked
splendid as a German frauline, a Spanish flamenco dancer and
a French waitress.
were able to spend their lessons completing a European quiz
and many entered the poster competition with Europe as the theme.
entered into the spirit of the day with registers and/or lessons
being done in a variety of languages - the French, German and
Spanish that John Kyrle now offers plus languages as diverse
as Catalan, Czech and Danish. The geography department also
taught a special lesson on Europe. The canteen prepared a delicious
European menu of pasta, paella, pizza, baguettes and apfelstrudel
and awarded prizes for their quiz on European Christmas foods.
at the school thoroughly enjoyed the day and extended their
knowledge of Europe and its languages. John Kyrle is thrilled
to be your local school which is able to offer three foreign
languages as part of its curriculum.
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