Last week no fewer than 500 performers converged on the Stroud Subscription Rooms to perform in our ‘GM Presents’ summer concerts.
The concerts kicked off on Thursday 28th June, with three of our adult groups, Lakeside Concert Band, Five Valleys Adult Wind Band and the Colwell Arts Jazz Ensemble.
Our award winning Gloucestershire Jazz Live then took to the stage on Friday 29th June, accompanied by Song Lab and students from Katherine Lady Berkley School.
Stroud’s local music club (Five Valley Music Centre) made an appearance on the morning of Saturday 30thJune, followed by the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra in the evening.
The four-day extravaganza was rounded off on Sunday 1st July when no less than eight performances took place: Gloucestershire Intermediate String Ensemble, Youth String Orchestra, Youth Choir and the Forest of Dean Area Wind Band took to the stage at 3pm. At 7:30pm the festival drew to a close with the Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Orchestra. There was also be a guest solo spot from Katie Jenner (finalist in this year’s Gloucestershire Young Musicians Competition).
Here’s some of the fantastic feedback that we’ve had from performers and parents:
“Many thanks for the concert, last night, which was hugely enjoyable, with excellent playing from the bands.” Charlie Pearce (parent GYWO)
“……thanks for a very enjoyable concert yesterday – it is great to see how much Freddie has progressed since playing with GISE.” Louise Turner (parent GISE)
“It was a great concert yesterday. The audience enjoyed it all so much. All the pieces were so good to listen to.” Tabitha Gilcrest (Parent GYO)
“Just wanted to say thank you for inviting me to come and play yesterday evening. It was lovely to come back and play with Glos Music and GYWO again. The music at my school wasn’t the best, if it hadn’t of been for Glos music, GYWO and all the work you and the staff do I wouldn’t have done any where near as much music and then probably wouldn’t have chosen to study it! So very grateful to you all as I love what I do now!” Katie Jenner (Undergraduate at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and ex GYWO player).
“Thank you Steve, Nicola and Jenny for the opportunity to play with other musicians at this fabulous celebration of music as well as to listen to the next generation. It was inspirational. I can not believe there are many Counties offering such diversity of opportunity from the Learn as you Play to the more experienced groups and across the complete age span.
The dedication of all GM staff was a result of months of hard work, preparation and delivery and teaches all participants practical and communicative skills that no other subject can. The world is a much place when The Arts are appreciated. It goes without saying ‘Long May It Continue’.
Let summer begin, once all the clearing is behind you and thoughts about music for next year are buzzing in your head.
Thank you everyone. Enjoy your holiday.” Mary Wren – member of LCB, CAO and GSWO
For more information on our youth and adult bands and orchestras visit our website