Young musicians tune in for Wind Band Day in Ely

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 May 2018

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Saxophone Ensemble performed in Morbey Hall before heading to Ely Cathedral for a lunchtime concert.

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama's Saxophone Ensemble performed in Morbey Hall before heading to Ely Cathedral for a lunchtime concert.

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More than 100 pupils from seven schools came together for King's Ely's annual Wind Band Day.

Young musicians from St Margaret’s, St Cedd’s, Glebe House, Bancroft’s, Ely St John’s, Howe Green and The Leys took part with King’s Ely musicians on May 3.

They brought flutes, oboes, clarinets, cornets, saxophones, trumpets and trombones with them.

The students were given three pieces of music to learn – Pedal Pusher, Music from Carmen, and Pirates of the Caribbean – which they then performed in the school’s Hayward Theatre in front of students, teachers and families.

Neil Porter-Thaw, director of music at King’s Ely Junior, said: “The concert was a remarkable success considering the children only had 50 minutes on each piece.

“Some of the pupils from other schools had never experienced playing in a group so large and it was so good to see them leave with smiles on their faces.”

On the previous day, King’s Ely welcomed the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Saxophone Ensemble. The 14 saxophonists, including former student Saskia Porter-Thaw, performed in Morbey Hall before heading to Ely Cathedral for a lunchtime concert.

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