22 November, 2012
Tickets on sale for Christmas musical treat
More than 600 young musicians are taking part in the annual Christmas Extravaganza, staged by Gwent Music Support Service and the Rotary Club of St Woolos, in the Newport Centre on Friday 7 December.
It will be the 26th anniversary of the concert and will feature eight different orchestras, bands and ensembles while young brass players will provide a warm welcome with carols in the foyer.
The event will open with the Newport Isca Linea Pre-Orchestra Club, budding mini musicians who meet once a month at Caerleon Music Centre to take their first steps on the musical ladder, directed by Sarah McLellan and Deborah James.
Next on stage are Newport Music Centre Senior Wood Band, made up of 12 to 18-year-olds who meet on a weekly basis during term time at the Newport Music Centre with their musical director Joanne Hornsby.
Greater Gwent Schools Band, with director Christopher Turner, will follow with a festive programme of music and some delightful tenor horn playing by member Rosse Dunne.
Children from St Patrick’s Primary School will give a magnificent display of tuned percussion under the direction of David Powell and then, to finish the first half of the concert, Paul Hornsby will take to the stage with the Newport City Big Band.
After a short interval, the 200-strong Newport City Schools Choir, directed by Alyson Jones, will perform a seasonal programme accompanied by a Gwent Music Service staff ensemble.
They will be followed by the Isca Linea Harp Ensemble, directed by Charlotte Swayne. These young musicians are also members of the Isca Linea Symphonia who will be next to play under the direction of Peter James.
To bring the Christmas Extravaganza to a spectacular end, the Symphonia will perform The Eve of the War from War of the Worlds, arranged especially for the orchestra by Daniel Bickerton, and they will be joined by players from the Newport Brass Ensemble.
Tickets for this not-to-be-missed concert cost £7 each, or £25 for four, and are available from the Newport Centre box office 01633 656757.