Author: Terry Noel

BBC’s Virtual Orchestra

The Melodians took a short summer break from rehearsals during August but they still found time on Saturday 20th August to record the ‘Toreador’ by Bizet.  This was for the BBC’s first Virtual Orchestra which will be part of the Last Night of the Proms Celebrations on Saturday September 10.  The Virtual Orchestra film will be shown at Proms in the Parks across the UK and will be available on iPlayer 5pm on Saturday September 10.  See also

Bandstand Concert in Myatt’s Field Brixton on 29th August

To the delight of local residents 20 of the Melodians went to Myatt’s Field in Brixton on Saturday 29th August to give a free Bandstand Concert.  It was very quiet there but gradually more people gathered around the band and enjoyed the event.  There were a lot of children and families enjoying the park and the unexpected entertainment. We even got a lot of interest from dogs there for an afternoon walk! A few comments:

“We just came over for a quick coffee and then you all arrived.  It’s wonderful.”

“It’s lovely.  Thank you so much.”

“I saw it on the email that came round but didn’t realise it would be as good as this.  Fantastic!”

Unfortunately the wet weather did beat us eventually and we had to stop slightly early but still got a great round of applause.

To see a few recordings from the day follow this link.

Folkestone Harbour Festival event 22nd August


Folkestone Harbour Arm 2The Melodians had an interesting day in Folkestone on 22nd August playing for Music for Change at the Folkestone Harbour Festival. It was a very busy day with lots of interested families watching all the entertainment and listening to the Melodians.  As the stage did not have a cover we were tucked in under the walkway between the burger bar and the kebab shop.  No problem getting some food!

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The entertainment was out on the Harbour Arm so we had a fantastic view over the harbour.

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Fantastic weekend at Granary Square for the Clay Cargo event

The event at Granary Square over the weekend was really exciting and busy.  We received a fantastic response from a large crowd on both days.  Lots of families came along to the event and it was great to see all the children dancing to the music.

On Saturday, for the first time, we played the new composition ‘Clay Cargo’ created by The Dead Rat Orchestra (Daniel Merrill and Nathaniel Mann).  This was composed especially for the Melodians to play at this event and is based on a traditional tune created when the canals were first built to carry pottery from Stoke on Trent down to London.  ‘Clay Cargo’ was played 4 times over the 2 days.

Here are a few photos from the day.

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Playing the new piece ‘Clay Cargo’
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It all went well




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Clay Cargo
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Composer Daniel Merrill
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Composer Nathaniel Mann
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Terry Noel playing basses

Final preparations for Clay Cargo event at Kings Cross

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The Melodians will be having their final rehearsals this week of the new composition by Daniel Merrill and Nathaniel Mann in preparation for next weekend at Kings Cross.  See the invitation for anyone who would like to come along and take part in the event and hear the Melodians play.

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