Today we held our fifth Musical Bite of the season and did our best to warm up the coldest day of the year so far! 20 musicians of all ages and abilities took part in Cathi and Graham Smith's Woodwind workshop in the church and the hall. Although the sun was shining brightly, it was so cold outside that not many people ventured out into the high street, so we didn't get a large number of people popping in for refreshments during the morning, though the musicians made good work of the cakes and hot drinks.
Cathi and Graham split the group into two for the first half of the workshop, with the beginners going into the hall (which was warmer than the church) to play with Graham along to some backing tracks, whilst the more experienced players stayed in the church and rehearsed 3 pieces together. After their tea break all the players came together to rehearse 1 piece, which Cathi had arranged for musicians of all abilities (there were easy and harder parts).
We ran the keyboard raffle again (thanks to Ellie and Dave for keeping it going) while Fiona, Nina, Jean and Kath kept the hot drinks flowing and served a wide choice of cakes to regular supporters and newcomers alike. Kieran spent some of the morning babysitting the infant of one flautist who had brought her baby daughter along to listen to the music, and Lesley and Dai wrote and put up signs and helped with all sorts of odd jobs.
At 12 noon David S (who had co-ordinated everything beforehand) was able to join us to hear the mini concert in which the woodwind players demonstrated what they had learned during the morning and the audience was very appreciative.
We raised a very pleasing £240.60 for the organ fund from this Musical Bite. I'd like to thank everyone who participated in making it such an enjoyable event, especial Cathi and Graham, David for organising us and all the musicians who were so keen to play.