EVENTS FOR YOUNG AND OLD
In 1997 the first of a number of Schools Projects was introduced, funded by money from the Lottery (Arts4Everyone) and led by Russell Keable with the Schidlof Quartet. The schools involved were Woolmer Hill, the Royal School, and Godalming College. Presentation concerts were given in each school. Since then similar events have been organised by HHH Concerts with some of our most recent concerts featured below.
Wednesday, 20 March 2019: Duo Antipodes Music Workshop at Grayswood Primary School
The children of Grayswood Primary School had a surprise treat on Wednesday 20th March when they attended a concert in school given by the Duo Antipodes. This Duo comprises Manus Noble playing Guitar and Jehanne Bastoni on Cello. They took the children on a journey around the world with music from Italy by Luigi Boccherini, Andaluza by Enrique Granados from Spain, a fairy tale tune from Japan and a beautiful Irish piece called Starry Night. Manus also played an African piece called Benga Beat by Gary Ryan, which included a great deal of rhythmic tapping on wood. The children listened attentively, some of them keeping time with hands, feet and heads! Manus introduced each piece and explained the workings of the guitar and cello, and when asked “Who would like to learn to play the guitar?” most of the hands went up!
Manus and Jehanne then went into Year 2 for a workshop where they explained in more detail how the Guitar and Cello are constructed and several of the children were allowed to “have a go” on the Guitar.
The Duo went on in the afternoon to give a concert for the elderly at St Christopher's Church.
Wednesday, 28 March 2018: Morven Brown (flute) and Laudine Dard (harp) Concert and Workshop at Witley Infant School
Around 90 children were spellbound by music which ranged from a lively ‘Tango’ by Piazzolla, through Debussy’s gentle and dreamlike ‘Syrinx’ and ending with an exciting Czardas by Vittorio Monti. This was followed by a workshop for the oldest class who gathered round these exotic instruments asking a range of questions from “How does the harp work?” to “When did you learn to play it?”; the answer to this one being “When I was six!”. The children then took part in several games involving rhythm, dynamics and tone. All, including the teachers present, enthusiastically took part.
HHH Concerts would like to thank the Head, Nicky Paine, for hosting this musical morning at short notice.
CONCERTS FOR THE ELDERLEY AND DISABLED
In March 2006 a new project was launched: an afternoon concert in the Grayswood Village Hall for elderly and disabled residents of homes in the Haslemere area. Admittance was free and the expenses were met by funds from the ‘Awards for All’ lottery scheme. Since then a concert has taken place each year in the Spring. You can find some of our most recent highlights below.
Wednesday, 20 March 2019: Duo Antipodes Teatime Concert at St Christopher’s Church
Manus Noble, playing Guitar, and Jehanne Bastoni, on Cello, gave a concert in the afternoon to about 50 elderly people from residential homes around Haslemere, and others brought from their homes by friends. The programme was very similar to the musical journey the Duo took Grayswood Primary School children on at a workshop in the morning, with music from Italy by Luigi Boccherini, Andaluza by Enrique Granados from Spain, a fairy tale tune from Japan, a beautiful Irish piece called Starry Night and an African piece called Benga Beat by Gary Ryan. In addition they played Nana by Manuel de Falla and the peaceful Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Part.
This concert was very much enjoyed by all our guests, many of whom cannot go out in the evenings, and they are all looking forward to our Outreach Day next year.
These concerts were in part made possible by Haslemere Town Council through the “Penny Ha’Penny Trust” and funded in part by HHH Concerts as part of their outreach programme.
Wednesday, 28 March 2018: Morven Brown (flute) and Laudine Dard (harp) Teatime Concert at St Christopher’s Church
About 40 people attended, both individuals and small groups from homes for the Elderly in the area. They all enjoyed the programme which included music by Handel, Mozart and Fauré, and particularly loved the delicate “Syrinx for solo flute” by Debussy.
Afterwards, over a most congenial tea and biscuits, they all said how much they looked forward to another afternoon concert next year.