The last Music Matters of the season was held on the 2nd April. To finish off the season, the Lakeside Quartet performed a thrilling programme of dance music. The Lakeside Quartet is made up of four postgraduate students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; Hui Lam Lo, Charlotte Bartley, Clare McEvoy and Julia Raga Pascual.
The music they chose was varied, ranging from the tango to Jewish wedding music. We were all amazed at how tight they were and how well they portrayed the different styles of music. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
Music Matters has now finished until September. We would like to thank all the musicians for providing us with such enjoyable and interesting evenings; Whitgift House for letting us use their beautiful chapel; and Margaret for organising the whole series. We look forward to the next series with anticipation!
The Children’s Trust
We had a great day at The Children’s Trust holding workshops for children and young people with brain injuries. Everyone involved had a great day, and although the children were given specific time slots, many stayed after their allotted time to create a rolling day of workshops.
The children and young adults were helped to play an assortment of percussion instruments, such as the bongos, claves, maracas, egg-shakers and guiros. They also got to pretend to be Morris men as we attached bells to their wrists, which I think everyone loved!
On top of adding some rhythms to music, they could also add Tonic-Dominant harmonies to three Latin-American tunes with the help of combi-bells. These are bells that you can strike, like a desk bell, or shake.
They could listen and play to a range of music, including traditional melodies from north and south America and from the UK.
We would love to thank The Children’s Trust for working with us on this day of music, and hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did!
We have also had our AGM for the past year. It’s always nice to look back on our year’s work and reflect on our goals to see what we have achieved, and what else we want to work towards. We also welcomed two new trustees, Clare and Chandrika, and myself, Alice, as the social media manager. We are all pleased to join the team!
Alice Britton is a former pupil of Margaret’s and has worked with Everyone Matters as a young musician for a few years, helping organise and give concerts with other young musicians in special needs schools and care homes. After learning about all the amazing work Margaret and Everyone Matters does, she wanted to help spread the word and so is now the Social Media Manager for the charity, running the Twitter and Facebook pages, and doing the monthly blog.