Resonate… Liverpool’s talented Music Hub.
So often the big bands and the big music makers get the headlines and the notice in the news, but how did they all start? Who helped them? Who developed and nurtured their skills and confidence to perform and gain the attention they now get?
The music teacher. The background maestro that moulds the raw recruit day after day developing their musical skill with the instrument they use, developing their skill into a polished act worthy of displaying and playing in front of a packed house, and giving them something to cherish for a lifetime.
At the end of term, I was proud to watch and listen to a fascinating sample of their work. Work with the dedicated members of ‘Resonate’ and the Resonate Singers.
This is the name given to Liverpool’s Music Hub and the many pupils who have taken up an instrument in the many Liverpool schools. Children who practise their instrument day after day then, on a Saturday morning at 9.30am, assemble for an extra session of tuition with the instrument of their choice at Notre Dame Catholic College, Everton.
Their Spring Concert at All Saints Church Broadgreen by Junior and Intermediate members of the Morning Music Centre was a knock-out.
The mini maestros of the junior woodwind gave a polished performance to parents, family and teachers with popular arrangements by Wagner- ‘The Wedding March’ and ‘Dance of the Hours’ Ponchielli.
The junior brass section gave a good account of ‘Boogie Train’ and ‘La Cucaracha’ which had the house twitching to the beat.
The junior windband also gave an outstanding performance of ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’ and a fabulous stirring ‘The magic of Harry Potter’ much to the delight of the little ones in the audience and my daughter who was playing flute.
The intermediate woodwind section gave an unforgettable performance of ‘Morning’ by Grieg and ‘The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ by Tchaikovsky.
But, the most memorable of the evenings superb display of musical delights came from the Resonate Singers, with their version of ‘Happy’ with additional audience participation.(They will back Gary Barlow at the Echo Arena)
The windband, finally gave the John Williams Jurassic Park score a resounding ‘yes’ vote for thrill and emotion.
But, with talent like this, why on earth do they perform where they do, they are worthy of the Philharmonic, the Capstone Theatre, or even LIPA for an evening venue. Pupils who put this amount of effort into learning an instrument need a permanent base along with the staff of dedicated experienced and talented music teachers.
‘Resonate’….you deserve better!!! a fantastic performance from the children of Liverpool.
See for yourself and make a diary date for ‘Brass Extravaganza’ 17/05/14
Resonate ‘Passion For Music Week’ 30th June -5th July