A partnership of key local & regional music organisations, working together to create, develop and maintain co-ordinated, high quality music education for children & young people, in and out of school.
Music Service Hub partners, Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra, are inviting members of Youth Orchestra, Youth Wind Orchestra and string players from Concert Orchestra to join them for a Play Day on Saturday 28th October. This is a free event and will provide the opportunity to work alongside the WSO on Mahler's 1st Symphony, a work written for a larger than normal orchestra. The day will run from 10am until 4pm and hot drinks will be provided. If interested, please contact WSO via Ian Sumner on 07977 122768 or via the orchestra's website www.wolsymorc.org.uk...
Our orchestras are on the lookout for piano players that would like to play some tuned percussion instruments. If you are school age, can read music and would like to see what it's like to play in an orchestra, please contact Sarah Fletcher on firstname.lastname@example.org ...
Music Service Presentation Evening will take place on Wednesday this week at St John's Church, St John's Square, WV2 4BZ. Our guest this year will be Ben Christophers, local singer/songwriter who has worked this year with Coldplay, Radiohead, and Guy Garvey from Elbow. The evning starts at 7.30pm with refreshments served by Friends of the Music School and YWO flute choir performing from 7pm. ...
Ben Cole tells me: “We are very proud to present the UK amateur premier of Memphis. We have had just two weeks to rehearse this moving piece.”
Goodness me! That is a fast turnaround but these talented young performers will have no problem in nailing it.
Ben adds: “WYMT boast an impressive reputation, with many former members now enjoying West End success in Les Miserables, Wicked and The Book of Mormon to name but a few.
“We also strive to support young people to gain vital experience in the aspects of technical theatre and we see many former members working professionally in these fields as well. This year, current member Tammy Mann got her own experience of ‘making a record’ as she was invited to perform on a charity single for local Youth Mental Health charity, Bedazzle.”
With a book by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, the story of Memphis is loosely based on Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips, who was one of the first white DJs to play black music in the underground dance clubs in Tennessee in the 1950s.
Huey Clahoun wants to change the world and his love of what is perceived to be ‘black’ music leads him to meet and fall in love with nightclub singer Felicia who is waiting for her big break.
The couple are all too aware of being different races and from different backgrounds, but love knows no bounds. Despite the misgivings of Felicia’s brother, Delray, together they face the prejudices that come their way within this explosive new musical, filled with irresistible songs, and a witty script inspired by actual events.
In WYMT’s production, Huey is played by Aidan Cutler; Felicia by Brittany Jarman-Watson, and Delray by Jacob Kohli. They are all superbly talented young performers. You may not have heard of the songs; I hadn’t before I saw the show, but I went straight home and downloaded the whole playlist, such is the appeal. With everything from heart-wrenching ballads to superb rock and roll to incredible gospel, Memphis delivers on every level.
The score includes The Music of My Soul, Underground, Everybody Wants to be Black on a Saturday Night, Someday and Steal your Rock ‘n’ Roll as well as a host of other show stoppers.
l So, if you fancy Tearing the House Down, visit the group’s Facebook page, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/arena-theatre or call 01902 321321 for tickets.
MEMPHIS - UK AMATEUR PREMIERE WYMT will present the hit show 'MEMPHIS' at the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton next week. Their shows are always very high quality and performances sell out quickly. The Arena Theatre box office are selling tickets for 5th-9th September on 01902 321 321 ...