Wiltshire Music Centre at the Neeld
This summer the Wiltshire Music Centre brings two events to the Neeld, a family concert with the Berkeley Ensemble on June 11 and a summer big band concert with the Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra (WYJO) on July 3.
We caught up with WMC to find out more…
The Wiltshire Music Centre is bringing the Berkeley Ensemble to the Neeld for a family concert. Why do you think it is important to have concerts aimed at the whole family?
Family concerts allow both adults and children together to see high quality performances from professional musicians. This provides children with wider cultural and musical appreciation, whilst also being able to enjoy this experience with their family. We’re very excited to be able to offer this opportunity with the Berkeley Ensemble family concert in June. The concert is also the culmination of a larger project working with nine primary schools in Chippenham to deliver interactive concert assemblies with this exciting ensemble, all aimed at increasing access to high quality music making in schools.
WYJO is performing a summer big band concert. Do the musicians have a favourite number that they perform?
According to Mike Daniels, WYJO’s musical director, the musicians love playing “Honk”, a funk piece featuring baritone saxophone.
Why is it important for Wiltshire Music Centre to work with other venues such as the Neeld?
In addition to creating links with other fantastic venues in the region to share practice and learn from each other, it allows us to develop new audiences across the county. It also provides the world-class artists we work with the opportunity to perform on a wider scale, ensuring live music across Wiltshire is even richer and more varied.
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