Tag: Terrance Noel

Possible exchange with Tonga in 2019

The Melodians has been in discussion with the Tongan High Commission about a possible exchange with a brass band from Tonga in 2019.  The idea came about from a previous player with the Melodians – Lady Berkeley (or Dido as we know her), when she visited Tonga this year.  She was overwhelmed by the welcome she received from the Tongan people and delighted by the many creative and talented people she met.  She came back to the UK with one idea on her mind – to put forward a proposal for an exchange with a Tongan group to Terry Noel for him to take forward.  If funding can be raised, the Melodians could be visiting Tonga in 2019 to perform and the Queen Salote College Brass Band would come to the UK.

Viliami Lolohea, the First Secretary of the High Commission of the Kingdom of Tonga came to our rehearsal last night in order to meet us and start the discussions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a performance of the Queen Salote Brass Band in Tonga.

Looking forward to an interesting 2019.

 

London Fashion Week – Isa Arfen Show

The London Fashion Week – Isa Arfen Show this week was fantastic, the designs were great and the response from the audience was tremendous.  Here is a small section of the event which shows part of the Cat Walk with the Melodians clearly seen playing at the back of the hall.  A great experience for the Melodians.  No logos were allowed.

 

Trinidad Melodians in grounds of Royal Festival Hall 1987

If you have watched our 30th Anniversary video you will have seen a few seconds of the Trinidad Melodians performing in the grounds of the Royal Festival Hall during their visit to the UK and the Isle of Man in 1987.  It was this visit that prompted Terry Noel to form the Melodians Steel Orchestra UK in October 1987.  Well here is the full recording of the Trinidad Melodians performance of ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ by Tina Turner.

We hope you enjoy it (sorry about the slight hiccup in the middle but it was recorded over 30 years ago).

The Melodians Played at the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday 14th March

The Melodians Steel Orchestra  played at Westminster Abbey on a chilly day as guests arrived for the Commonwealth Day Service. The players, helpers and parents of the younger children were able to attend the service in the Abbey which was televised live on BBC1. HM the Queen and many of the Royal family were at the service and Terry Noel (leader of the Melodians) was invited to meet the Queen and other members of the Royal family as they left the Abbey.

The recording of the service can be seen on the BBC iPlayer on this link. You can catch the Melodians playing right at the beginning of the recording behind the presenter Mishal Husain:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0745hs1

Among the 7 pieces that the Melodians played was one of their new pieces of music ‘Colour Blind’ that was composed for them by Robert Thompson of Arima, Trinidad. You can hear a recording from the day on this link:

https://youtu.be/7ESgSN_OKuI

 

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The Melodians outside Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day

 

The Melodians playing outside the Abbey as guests arrive

 

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Prince Philip inspects the Melodians’ logo on Terry Noel’s uniform.

 

Melodians Annual Award Concert 2015

The Melodians gathered at their base in Henry Cavendish School on Saturday 12th December for their Annual Award Concert 2015.  The hall was filled with family, friends and supporters for the free concert to celebrate a busy and eventful year and reward the magnificent effort of the Melodians players.

This year, the concert was divided into 3 parts.  The first two pieces played were performed by the school children from classes 6C and 6W who performed the classics:

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • Swing Low Sweet Chariot

This was followed by the School choir accompanied by the Melodians – a first for both groups – singing:

  • Mas Que Nada

The rest of the concert was an exciting performance of 9 pieces by the Melodians, including some of their old favourites, the new composition from the Clay Cargo project, 3 other pieces composed for the Melodians plus their new addition to the repertoire, Hotel California.

  • Morning Dance
  • Clay Cargo
  • New Dawn (composed for the Melodians by Amy Daniel)
  • Blue Skies
  • Excerpts from Swan Lake
  • Habenera
  • Tropical Monsoon (composed for the Melodians by the late Mikey Andrews)
  • Hotel California
  • Colour Blind (composed for the Melodians by Robert Thompson)

A great addition to the evening was Cheynne singing ‘Blue Skies’ accompanied by the Melodians.

The encore was Bohemian Rhapsody which finished with a standing ovation from the audience.

The Mayor was there to present the main awards and Terry also presented certificates to the young players from Henry Cavendish School who have been playing with the Melodians this year.

Some photos from the evening:

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View from the back as the Melodians perform

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The School Choir performing with Melodians

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Standing Ovation

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Cheynne directing from the back of the hall

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Terry presents Certificates

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The Mayor presents awards

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Amy receives Landmark Award

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Head Teacher receives her flowers.

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