A Night At The Dome!

The Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra opened an closed a show at the indigo2 venue at the O2 Dome.

The performance was part of the Gateway 2 Music concert, which brought together over 300 young musicians for 10 East London burroughs, each performing one piece of a varied and exciting programme including orchestral music, jazz, contemporary bands and song. The THYO performed Five Courtly Dances by Benjamin Britten – a marvellous piece to open the show.

The concert culminated with a specially composed piece performed by all of the young people who had been in the show – over three hundred musicians packed the stage for a really special finale.

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Help THAMES SMC while you shop!

If you don’t know about it already, here’s an easy (and free!) way you can help raise donations for THAMES friends to help support some of the great things that go on at the SMC.
EasyFundRaising collects donations from online retailers as you shop, and sends them to THAMES friends – at no extra cost to you.

To make this work, go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/thamesfriends/ and register.
Then, as you shop online on many popular web sites, the donations start coming in! So you can help THAMES SMC just by doing your usual shopping.

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Family Friendly Music and Arts

London hosts a wealth of arts, music and cultural events aimed at families and young people, and some of these might be of interest to the THAMES friends community. Here we list a few that are happening now and in the near future. If you know of an event, performance or activity, that might be interesting to other THAMES friends, then let us know at enquiries@thamesfriends.org. Perhaps you know of a musical event? Or one connected to some other area of the arts? Then tell us about it and we’ll try and include it in a future posting.

The BIG DRAW http://www.campaignfordrawing.org/bigdraw comnbines many exciting events in a celebration of drawing that runs throughout October. For instance, an event at the Bank Of England Museum on  drawing ispired by coins and one on
sketching for families inspired by the Italian designer Bruno Munari at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art look particularly good!

London Philharmonic Orchestra: FUNHARMONICS. A Fun and varied concert of folk-inspired music, and an opportunity to try your hand at playing an orchestral instrument. Sunday 21 October, Royal Festival Hall http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk.

British Museum http://www.britishmuseum.orgShakespeare: Staging the World. Until November 25.

Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall http://www.royalalberthall.com. Sunday 21 October.

The House of Fairy tales at Sutton House http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-house. Sunday 28 October will be a Halloween House Family Day.

Diwali Festival in Trafalgar Square http://www.diwaliinlondon.com. 28 October.

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THAMES friends in search of additional trustees

We are starting our journey of supporting the wonderful THAMES SMC and would like help.

We already have an active Management Committee, which we wish to expand with selected new members who have the commitment to the cause, required levels of energy and interest and in particular successful charity and fundraising experience.

If you believe you might fit the bill, we would like to hear from you.

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VIP visit: Nicola Benedetti

One of the SMC violinists, Amelia Jones, sent us her report of the recent visit by Nicola Benedetti:

“In the morning, we were all gathered in the hall awaiting her entrance. When she finally appeared, she was greeted with loud applause.

When she played, I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we thought she was amazing.  She played two pieces, one was long and wistful, the second was fast and exciting. The second was a piece which is designed for one violin player to play all the different lines on just the one instrument and as a violin player, I know is incredibly difficult. She then answered some questions where she revealed that she practices five hours each day!

In the second session, it was just the violins and she got us to really think about our technique and how we can improve.In the last session, we had to sight-read the new THYO piece. Nicola played it as if she’d played it for ages already.

To conclude, it was a really inspiring day and proved to us that if you enjoy something enough, and work hard at it, it’s possible to succeed.”

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From the Last Night to Saturday Morning

Nicola Benedetti visits SMC

Violinist Nicola Benedetti visited the SMC, playing with violinists and the Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra

Students and staff were privileged to welcome celebrated violinist Nicola Benedetti to the first SMC of the term.

Fresh from playing at the Last Night of the Proms, Nicola was able to able to fit a morning at the SMC into her busy schedule of concerts and appearances.

Nicola worked with violinists and with the Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra, and SMC musicians were able to learn from, and be inspired one of the country’s leading artists.

A fantastic opportunity for SMC students – thanks Nicola!

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And they’re off…

John Sims rehearsing with the Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra

John Sims rehearsing with the Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra on the first SMC on the new term.

… for another term of marvellous music making!

This Saturday, SMC started again for the autumn term. It’s going to be a great term for the ensembles and orchestras of the SMC, and we’re all looking forward to a great Winter Concert on 8 December.

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THAMES SMC: The Term Ahead

SMC is will be starting soon for another another term of excellent ensembles, outstanding orchestras and brilliant bands!

The first SMC of the term will be on 15 September, and SMC will run every Saturday until 8 December (except for 27 October and 3 November when it is half term). On 8 December, SMC musicians will perform their Winter Concert.

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Music in Shoreditch

On 12 July, St Leonards Church in Shoreditch once again played host to some of Tower Hamlets’ excellent young musicians. This time it was the turn of two groups – the Tower Hamlets Awards Orchestra and the Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra –  to perform work they had been rehearsing over the past months.

THAMES supports promising young musicians with awards of tuition and the opportunity to play in the The Tower Hamlets Awards Orchestra. The orchestra put on an excellent performance this evening, showcasing pieces they had been working on recently.

The Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra have had a marvellous opportunity to work with renowned conductor John Andrews over the past few months. Tonight’s performance represented the culmination of their hard work and the programme ranged from Bizet to Wagner, taking in Holst, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky, with a Football Medley for the grand finale. Fantastic!

Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra conducted by John Andrews – July 2012 at St Leonard’s church, Shoreditch

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Summer Concert

With a packed and varied programme, young musicians of the THAMES SMC entertained a theatre packed with parents, friends, and local VIPs.

THAMES Batteria at the Summer Concert

THAMES Batteria at the Summer Concert

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