Mozart, Mellow Jazz and Metal at The Green Dragon
Perhaps it should be expected that an organisation calling itself “Everyone Matters” should embrace a wide range of musical tastes. This was certainly the case at our fundraiser on Saturday 15 December when we took over the room upstairs at the Green Dragon pub in Croydon’s High Street. It has to be said that some of our audience flowed to and fro between the downstairs bar and the upstairs music venue as the night progressed from classical elegance through mellow jazz to heavy metal and the decibel level increased steadily. The raffle was popular with some great prizes including several donated by Lush of Croydon and by Time Bomb to add to those generously contributed by our trustees who did a magnificent job twisting arms in the sale of the ubiquitous cloakroom tickets.
The evening started promptly at 7.30 with Mozart’s sublime Quintet for clarinet and strings, followed by the “circus music” finale of Weber’s Quintet in which Margaret Archibald was joined by Nicoline Kraamwinkel, Janice Gillard, Mickey Posner and Julia Desbruslais. After much shuffling of gear, including setting up of amps and shifting a mightily heavy keyboard into place, Jazz & Dave treated everyone to a string of old favourites including The Girl from Ipanema, All of Me and, in tribute to Dave Brubeck who passed on to the jazz band in the sky in early December, Take Five. The line-up included on keyboard Rob Archibald, Margaret’s son and a huge supporter of Everyone Matters, with James Wilde on guitar, Simon Fitzpatrick on double bass doubling bass guitar and Sam Rhodes on drums. After another pause for further shuffling and distribution of earplugs to those experienced in such events (by no means a reflection on the quality of the music!!) the audience joined in head-banging with Profane and the Sacred, a Southern-tinged metal group of blood and thunder who had most generously leapt into the breach at less than twenty-four hours notice when a member of the previously advertised headline band suffered a disastrous kitchen injury that put paid to any playing in the short term.
The serious business of the evening was to raise funds for our work with children at The Children’s Trust in Tadworth where we are currently engaged in delivering a project to explore textures in a quest to make and perform on simple percussion instruments. The project is about to start in January at The Surrey Teaching Centre and we hope to raise sufficient funds also to deliver it at The School for Profound Education where we presented “Mood Music” last year. Thanks to the generosity of Esther, Manager of the Green Dragon and a wonderful hostess for our event, we raised £255 on the night from bucket donations and the raffle and further donations are arriving from those who would have liked to join us but were unable to do so. Above all thanks are due to Laura Allen, whose idea it was to hold this event, who booked the bands, designed the poster, liaised with local businesses and got the news out there via Twitter and Facebook, altogether a noble effort.