Melodians 30th Anniversary Concert 21st October
The highlight for 2017 was the celebration of the Melodians 30th Anniversary. As the Melodians was formed in October 1987 Terry decided to have their Annual Concert in October to fully celebrate this wonderful occasion.
Many previous players with the Melodians were invited to attend as well as all the current players, supporters, arrangers and composers. The focus of the programme was the contribution of the Melodians arrangers and composers from the 30 past years. A special feature was a new composition by Robert Thompson of Trinidad that was called appropriately: ‘Caribbean Pearl’ for their Pearl Anniversary.
The Melodians were delighted that the Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner was able to attend the concert as well as the Mayor of Lambeth. Awards were presented to those who have played a key role with the Melodians and also each current player received an award.
The evening was started with a video created by Terry Noel, Mary Noel and Jennifer Noel which covered the highlights of the past 30 years. This featured many performances from key events and included a list of the 31 countries around the world they have visited and performed over the past 30 years.
Other Engagements and Highlights
The Melodians had a rather difficult year at Henry Cavendish as the Local Authority decided to carry out a number of repairs to the school as well as replacing the aging central heating system and improving the decorating. While this was very much needed, inevitably a lot of this work took place during the school holidays, weekends and evenings and this meant that the Melodians were unable to access their rehearsal room for a lot of the year. When they were able to rehearse they concentrated on preparing for the concert so it was a fairly quiet year with no overseas trips and only 8 engagements other than the concert.
Here is a full list of the Melodians 2017 engagements:
|Date||Event||Size of Group|
|Thurs 13th April||Morleys Department Store opening||7 players|
|Easter Sat 15th April||Family Reunion Party||8 players|
|Mon 5th June||Celebration of Summer Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts||7 players|
|Wed 7th June||Summer Fashion Event Ely’s of Wimbledon||7 players|
|Sun 18th June||Family Day, South Park Gardens, Wimbledon||Orchestra|
|Sun 2nd July||Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford||Orchestra|
|Thurs 6th July||International Evening, Henry Cavendish School||Orchestra|
|Sat 21st October||Melodians 30th Anniversary Concert||Orchestra|
|Sun 3rd December||Winter Wonderland, Ely’s of Wimbledon||7 players|
Here are a few photos from the year:
Cowley Road Carnival
30th Anniversary Concert