Cobham, September 2011 Excitement is at fever pitch for members of Elmbridge Community Music Society as they prepare for two of the society's biggest and most ambitious ventures to date - a Saturday evening charity music spectacular at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking and a trip to Poland to take part in the Krakow Advent and Christmas Choirs Festival.
Taking place on Saturday 29th October at the Woking Theatre, ‘Sing It! Swing It!' promises a veritable feast of fabulous songs from the society's two magnificent choirs - Elmbridge Choir and Elmbridge Ladies Choir -and its two sensational bands - Elmbridge Big Band and Elmbridge Young Musicians, along with one or two specially invited guest artists. As well as raising funds for its Music Grants Scheme, the society is delighted to be supporting the Mayor of Elmbridge's charity, the Sam Beare Hospice in Weybridge. A much-valued supporter of the society, Mayor John Sheldon is very happy that this concert will help to raise funds for his charity. ‘I am absolutely delighted to see how Elmbridge Music has grown and how far they have come. I am very excited about this concert at the New Victoria Theatre, particularly as they have chosen to support my charity. ‘
Just a few weeks after the Woking performance, more than 100 choir members will take part in the Krakow Advent Choir Festival where they will be competing against choirs from all over Europe. During the trip not only will the choir have the amazing opportunity to sing in the underground chapel of the world famous Wieliczka Salt Mine as well as the Mariacki church, but, as a result of winning an annual competition run by celebrated British composer Tim Knight, they will have the privilege of performing a unique carol composed especially for them. Cliff van Tonder, founder and CEO of Elmbridge Music and the remarkable man who keeps the society moving and growing with his bold and exciting plans, is justifiably proud that Tim was so impressed by the society's track record. ‘We are honoured to have Tim write a carol for us to perform in Krakow, and with an original composition up our sleeve we feel in a stronger position to compete with Europe's finest choirs. We will be proud to represent Britain!'
Without doubt it has so far been an exceedingly busy year for the society, from the introduction in January of the Elmbridge Music Grants Scheme (www.musicgrants.org.uk) which is already providing financial assistance to community music projects, to accepting an invitation from Surrey County Council to set up and run music sessions in Cobham for adults with learning disabilities, a project which has proved over the months to be a huge success and extremely rewarding for all concerned.
And, just to ensure that there is no resting on their laurels, all four sections of the society have even managed to record their first ever CD which will be released for sale later this year.
In a year of many notable achievements, the forthcoming concert at the New Victoria Theatre Woking and the choir's trip to Krakow will be the culmination of an enormous amount of dedication and hard work but will undoubtedly be the society's crowning glory of 2011.