ArtBeat 2014 – Day 10

In the morning at Avenue Primary School Bollywood and Classical Indian Dance attracted people of all ages – from 3 years to 73 years. We swayed our way through some great Bollywood numbers and then settled down to watch an inspiring performance by Nimisha Parmar. She used classical steps and hand movements to illustrate a sung version of the Isle of Innisfree by W B Yeats. One happy customer described the event as wonderfully relaxed, a true East Meets West experience.

Nearly 70 people, including half a dozen children, enjoyed another lunchtime concert at Christchurch today, many, no doubt, drawn by the buzz created by Mariko Terashi’s performance on Monday. This time she played works by Scarlatti, Seixas, and Chopin as well as a dramatic piece about a female Spanish bullfighter! Dazzling technique and powerful contrasting expression.

Sharing the bill was The Clarendon Trio – violin, viola and cello – for whom this was only their second concert performance. Ann, Judith and Hazel were joined by Hazel’s sister, Rachel, on oboe to play Mozart’s Oboe Quartet with great panache.

The audience enjoyed the concert greatly “ Fantastic venue, great music’” “’Excellent music – what a treat!”

It looks as if these lunchtime concerts have stimulated an appetite for more!

A Musical Garden Party was held at at 39 Craighill Road. The Stapleton family were hosts and were thankful there was only light drizzle at one stage and the quality of the musicians they had assembled enabled all to make light of the weather. The garden setting was a delight with musicians on the patio and many children running among the audience – including one toddler intent on playing a duet with Andrea on his Egyptian drum!

Over 100 people passed through during the course of the afternoon enjoying the music and the excellent supply of crepes and Tiny Bakery scones. Even the hens enjoyed the event, producing at least one egg as a result of’ the music. Many thanks, Ian and Jo, for creating such a great event.