Our 2010/11 Musical Bite season was opened in rousing style by Caedmon Salter's Percussion workshop. We had more people sign up than there were spaces (a waiting list) and a steady stream of visitors into the church during the morning as the lucky participants learned two rhythm pieces. Some people who came in for refreshments were a little overwhelmed by the sound!
Quite a few of those who joined in were young children (the youngest being a baby of 6 months!), however we had people of all ages enjoying themselves as they tried the different shakers, drums, maracas, djembes and rattles. Caedmon warmed them up with clapping rhythms.
Once again we had the piano key raffle and lovely refreshments. Shirley and Heather had done some baking, Andrea also contributed cake, and there was plenty of tea, filter coffee and squash on offer, served by Shirley, Heather and Gerald. Dai helped with making and putting up signs, David S co-ordinated everything and I ran the raffle, with Kieran and Lesley helping out.
At 12 noon the new percussionists performed their two pieces (once of which was a samba) and then Caedmon did his spectacular drumming. Little did Kath and Keith realise what they were starting when they gave him his first drum when he was 3 and then a drum kit when he was 8, as Caedmon has just finished his music degree at University of Chichester with percussion as his specialism. We are delighted that he was so willing to give the workshop, as it raised a total of £254.43 for the baby Grand Piano fund, which means £3,675.99 has been paid off (74% of the total) so we only have £1,324.01 to raise to finish paying the interest free loan.
I would like to thank everyone who helped make today's Musical Bite so successful, especially Caedmon and David. I did film a couple of videos of the final pieces, and hope to put them on Youtube within the next couple of days.
Our next Musical Bite is on Saturday November 13th and it will be a repeat of last year's very popular 'Sing-along-a-lorra-songs' - everyone is very welcome to join in the fun.