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.
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.
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.
The Melodians played at Westminster Abbey on Friday 21st February for Commonwealth Family Day. It was a wonderful event and the families really enjoyed it. Here is a photo and recording of the Melodians playing Rasputin.
The Melodians were invited to play at the Foreign Secretary’s Annual Garden Party on 12th June. They were delighted to accept (even though they were flying out to Belarus the next day) and arrived at Lancaster House for the evening event.
Everything went well and they also met a few celebrities at the event. Here are a few photos from the evening.
Art Night 2019 was a fantastic event. The Melodians performed 3 sets between 5.30pm and 9pm. It was noticeable that the crowd in Pancras Square would increase when our performance was due and each performance gradually got a bigger and more enthusiastic audience. We had to do an encore after the final performance as the audience was so keen!
Here is a video of the first performance of Rasputin.
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