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Melodians Summer Concert 19th June 2021

The invitations have now been sent out for those invited to our Summer Concert on 19th June. We hope that there are no sudden changes to Covid Restrictions and this event can go ahead.

As part of the concert we will be performing a new piece of music called ‘Recovery Rhythm’ which was composed to highlight the effect that Covid 19 has had on our lives over the past year.

We will also have a surprise guest performer – the Calypsonian D’Alberto – to add a bit of extra interest for everyone.

Apologies but due to Social Distancing requirements the number of guests will be a bit smaller than usual.

The event is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Photo from last concert in 2019

Photo from Christmas Concert 2019

Rehearsals are progressing

It was rehearsal again this afternoon (see photo). We were working hard on our new ‘Recovery Rhythm’ composition which will be the highlight of our concert planned for late June this year.

We were surprised when a lady popped in from the street and said she had heard us playing and it sounded absolutely wonderful. We were delighted that she liked it so much and especially that she came in to tell us!

We don’t have her name but if you are reading this now then thank you very much.

Rehearsals

The Duke of Edinburgh died today

We are all sad to hear that Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, died today. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family for their loss.

We have played for the Royal Family at many events over the past 33 years and met the Duke of Edinburgh on many occasions. Each occasion stays in your memory forever.

I include a photo taken in Westminster Abbey, at the most recent event where we played for the Duke of Edinburgh. As you can see he was very interested in the logo on Terry Noel’s Polo Shirt and Terry had to explain it is the Melodians Steel Orchestra’s logo.

Duke of Edinburgh wants to know whose logo is on Terry Noel’s Polo Shirt
The Melodians played outside Westminster Abbey as the guests arrived for the Commonwealth Day service in 2016

Christmas Concert is postponed until Easter

To all our supporters, I just wanted to let you all know that due to the latest lockdown we are no longer able to rehearse at Henry Cavendish School. That means that we cannot finish preparing for the Christmas Concert and, very reluctantly, have to cancel it. We are devastated as we have been working very hard towards this but the lockdown comes at just the wrong time for us.

Instead we plan on returning to rehearsals after Christmas and prepare for an Easter Concert. Hopefully, everything will be better by then and we can complete our rehearsals. Many apologies to those who were planning on coming to the Christmas Concert.

In case you would like to listen to one of our previous recordings I include a recording from our 30th Anniversary for you to play. This is Tropical Monsoon.

Latest News

Just to let everyone know that the Making Music Awards were announced on the 8th September in an on-line event via Zoom. We had submitted entries for 2 of the Awards – Best Music Creator and Best Photo Capturing the Spirit of a Leisure-time Music Group.

We had been advised that Errol Lewis had a Special Mention for Señor Panman in the Best Music Creator category but was not in the final 3 so had not won the award. However, the photograph we submitted was taken at the Family Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey and was in the final 3 so we were feeling hopeful.

However, all 3 photos that were in the final were fantastic and unfortunately we did not win the award. They did mention how much they liked our photograph though.

We are also planning on having our Annual Award Concert on Saturday 12th December this year. This will take extra planning to ensure that everyone is safe and socially distanced. We will give more details closer to the time.

Making Music Awards 2020

We recently submitted our entries for the Making Music Awards 2020. The final results will be published as part of an online celebratory evening of musical creativity on Tuesday 8 September between 7.15 and 8.10pm. This is open to the public to view.

However, we can tell you that we submitted 2 items:

1. A new piece of music called Señor Panman and composed by Errol Lewis of Trinidad for the MelodiansUK was submitted for “Best Music Creator”. You can see our performance of the tune at Art Night 2019 on YouTube here https://youtu.be/hK5EQqlNuhw

2. A photo “capturing the spirit of a leisure-time music group” The photo that we chose was taken at the Commonwealth Family Day at Westminster Abbey

We don’t yet know the results ourselves, however, we do know that Señor Panman by Errol Lewis was given a Special Mention by the panel but is not in the top three.

However, we are very excited to have been told that the photo above is in the final 3 and we will be watching the event on-line to see the result.

Covid 19

Our best wishes go out to all our supporters and we hope that everyone is well and coping with the current situation regarding Covid 19.

Unfortunately, we are not able to rehearse at the moment, as we are based in a school and are currently not able to access the school. Also, we were due to visit Oslo in June to play at the British Embassy for the Queen’s Birthday Party . Unfortunately, this has been postponed until next year.

We have other engagements booked that have not yet been postponed or cancelled so we are hoping that these will still go ahead at some time this year although the dates may change. Here are a few photos from our last engagement at Westminster Abbey in March.

An Observance for Commonwealth Day 2020 was held at Westminster Abbey, London, in the presence of HM The Queen and other members of the Royal family including the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The service was led by The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle.

The Melodians Steel Orchestra play ‘Commonwealth Melody’. An Observance for Commonwealth Day 2020 was held at Westminster Abbey, London, in the presence of HM The Queen and other members of the Royal family including the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The service was led by The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle.
Terry Noel talking to Craig David at the After Show party.
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