WNJYO rock in Hunstanton!
2nd June 2014 - The following article is reproduced by kind permission of Town and Around
St Edmund’s Church Hunstanton was the venue on Saturday (31st May) evening for one of the most exciting, and free, concerts in the Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts 2014 calendar.
Young musicians aged eleven upwards from the West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra delighted the audience with a wide range of music spanning more than two centuries that certainly lived up to its billing of ‘Classics to Queen’.
The first half featured the orchestra conducted by Rob Galliard playing a traditional repertoire of works by Mendelssohn, William Boyce, Alan Rawsthorne and, from the applause, the audience’s favourite: Suite for Strings by John Rutter.
Conducting the WNJYO Big Band after the interval the witty Eddie Seales had the audience first chuckling, then gasping with amazement and pleasure at the sound and quality of the music. Each piece from the opening ‘Every Time I Feel The Spirit’ to ‘Queen in Concert’ was played with a precision and excellence that was very much appreciated by the audience.
The Band was re-joined by the Orchestra for two final pieces; a Paul Simon Medley and ‘Thriller’.
Festival Chairman Richard Bird said; “These aren’t children playing instruments, they are young musicians playing at a standard that belies their ages. We will be asking them back again next year for what is bound to be a hot-ticket event.”
Hunstanton’s Mayor Cllr Carol Bower said there were so many of her favourite pieces of music played during the evening to such a high standard that she felt the whole concert had been a complete success. She thanked the two conductors and the musicians for the splendid entertainment.
The retiring collection was split equally between St Edmund’s Church and WNJYO with each of them receiving £111.78.