Chris, Anna, Emma, Catherine and Naomi

Chris, Anna, Emma, Catherine and Naomi

One of the best things about our Music for all @ SMSG programme which is part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Willis Organ Restoration and Reach-out project is the opportunity for music performance it provides for aspiring musicians in the lovely acoustic of St Mary & St Giles Church.  Nurturing musicians is part of the aim of this project, so when we were approached a few months ago by the mother of a Stony Stratford young musician for permission to use the church for a fundraising concert, we were delighted to help make Emma's Carnegie Hall dream come true.

Emma and her clarinet

Emma and her clarinet

Emma Davies has performed in Autumn Concerts at St Mary & St Giles in the children's singing groups, she attended the local schools, learned clarinet via Milton Keynes Music Service and is now studying music at Bath Spa University, where she is a member of the university choir.  The choir has been invited to perform 'The Armed Man' by Karl Jenkins at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2016, however each student needs to find £1,500 to cover the cost of the 5 day trip to the Big Apple.  Emma and 4 of her choir friends decided to share fundraising activities and the Midsummer Concert was part of this effort.  They invited other friends and family to join them so on the evening we had the following programme of musical pleasure to enjoy (which was expertly introduced by Kirsty Morris Selley and Mark Randle):

Act one

Emma Davies, Chris Gibbons, Anna Glover, Naomi Tarrant & Catherine Northorpe

  • Eriskay Love Lilt (traditional)
  • May it be from Lord of the Rings (Enya, Roma Ryan arr Sam Young)

Emma Davies (Clarinet), Anna Glover (piano)

  • Carol from Finzi's Five Bagatelles
  • The Romance from the Rosetti Clarinet Concerto

Catherine Northorpe (Soprano), Anna Glover (piano)

  • Music for a While (Purcell)

Eleanor Page (violin), Jacob Collins (piano)

  • Remembrance (John Williams)
  • Hungarian Dance, Op 196 No 5 (August Nolck)
  • Ladies in Lavender (Nigel Hess)

Andrew Eales (piano)

  • Gershwin Preludes Show tunes

Hattie Roe Cox (Soprano), Anna Glover (piano)

  • Hymn to the Virgin (Edmund Rubbra)
  • If I loved you (Carousel, Rogers & Hammerstein)

Nancy Randle (Soprano)

  • Will you still love me tomorrow
  • Mr Rock and Roll
Interval (strawberry tea)
Act two

Emma Davies, Charlotte Moore (Clarinet duet)

  • Allegro Vivace (based on Mozart's Sonata in C, K296)

Emma Davies, Dennis French, Charlotte Moore (Clarinet trio)

  • Divertimento No 5 (Mozart)

Ginny Davies, Karl Hall, Jack Welpton (Acoustic covers)

  • Chocolate
  • Hold back the River
  • New Shoes

Naomi Tarrant (Soprano), Anna Glover (piano)

  • Once upon a Dream (from Jekyll & Hyde)
  • An die Musik (Franz Schubert)

Anna Glover (piano)

  • I Giomi (Einaudi)

Chris Gibbons (Saxophone)

  • Piece en Forme de Habanera (Ravel)

Helen Worthington (Mezzo-soprano)

  • Quiet
  • With you

Mark Randle

  • The Lady is a Tramp
  • New York, New York
New York, New York!

New York, New York!

There was a raffle with some rather wonderful prizes donated by local businesses and individuals (all of which were listed in the programme). During Mark's songs at the end of the concert the other performers gathered by the west door and processed in to join him as he sang 'New York, New York' in the style of Frank Sinatra.

Dai and Marion from the Music for all @ SMSG team helped Emma's mother and friends with front of house and serving of strawberries and tea during the interval.

We were all delighted to know afterwards that the concert and raffle had raised £670 towards the total cost of their trip to New York.  Emma has a GoFundMe sponsorship page and welcomes donations from anyone willing to help her get to Carnegie Hall.

You can see more photos of the Midsummer Concert at