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Triumph for Talented Youth at Music Gala

Over 200 people and ten music groups take part in the Celebrate Royal Greenwich gala

Stunning musical performances by young musicians delighted the audiences over two consecutive nights at Blackheath Halls to mark the recent ‘Celebrate Royal Greenwich’ musical gala.

The annual concert - held across two evenings for the first time - featured entertaining performances by orchestras, bands and soloists from primary and secondary schools in the Royal Borough alongside ensembles from the two Royal Greenwich Music Centres. In all around ten different music groups and 233 people took part in the gala.

Performers showcased the wide range of music on offer in the borough, with varying styles from Rachmaninov to funk, Michael Jackson to Copacabana.

Each night opened with a bang delivered by the Royal Greenwich Samba Band led by Trevor Smith and based at Woolwich Polytechnic. Orchestras from both Gordon and Halstow primary schools also performed, with Halstow delivering a popular programme of Film Music.

Each night also featured instrumental soloists from Deansfield Primary School, along with Jane Hammond and Casper Marsh, solo pianists from Thomas Tallis Secondary. Jazz and Big Band sounds were provided by The John Roan School Jazz Band including guitarist Josh Hickman.

The Royal Greenwich Big Band performed on both nights, helping to promote the work being done at the RGMC based at Shooters Hill Post 16 campus and the string orchestra gave a technically demanding performance of Summer from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

The String orchestra is a partnership between Royal Greenwich Music Hub and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. They meet every week at Royal Greenwich Music Centre at Eltham Hill under guidance of Trinity Laban String professionals and form the string section for the Royal Greenwich Fusion Orchestra.

The Samba Band is currently looking for new members from Greenwich-based secondary schools to join them. For more information visit www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/musichub, email music-hub@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or call 020 8921 5639.

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