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A ‘grand’ time for The Midland Sinfonia

Posted on October 25 2006 at 1:11:37

Nigel Morley

The Midland Sinfonia has been performing classical music at St Laurence Church in Alvechurch since its formation in 1995.

While the quality and variety of the concerts has achieved a dedicated following, one particular area of the repertoire was restricting the group’s programme.

Last season TMS launched a “Piano Appeal”, making overtures to potential donors and organisations offering possible grants. The success of these approaches has allowed them to purchase a new Petrof Klasik grand piano.

“The generosity of our patrons, donors and sponsors has been fantastic,” says Chairman Keith Woolford.

“Initially, we thought we may have to settle for a reconditioned model, but when the funds started to build up were able to look to the future and have invested in this wonderful, gleaming black piano. It sounds good, too!”

Now installed in the church, the instrument will allow more concerts with piano accompaniment, and solo works.

“We are also pleased to return the compliment to St Laurence Church, having used their ‘workhorse’ over the years, and offer them the use of our piano for church purposes,” Keith continues.

October saw the first TMS Piano Festival, held over three days, to celebrate the piano’s arrival, and on November 19th it’s the Youth Showcase, introducing talented students on cello, piano and violin.

Jenni Payne, one of the musicians featured, will put the new piano through its paces. For this special concert, in St Laurence Church at 3pm, tickets are £5.

On Dec 2 TMS present a Christmas Candlelight Concert, at 7.30pm in the same venue, with a performance of Handel’s Messiah. The event also incorporates the Worcs of Art exhibition in the Ark.

For bookings, call 0121 445 7261 or see http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk

Pictured: Musical director Nigel Morley.

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