CHILDREN'S CONCERTS CHEQUE PRESENTATION
Left to right Lion Chris Ford, Jackie Foley of STAR, Lion President Rod Speed, Keith Thomas of Somerset Music and Liz Leyshon Manager of Strode Theatre
Memories of the Mid Somerset Spectacular Concerts were rekindled recently when the proceeds of the series of concerts at Strode Theatre were presented to two local organisations.
The concerts spread over three nights saw more than 500 youngsters from across Mendip showcasing their musical skills. The concerts covered all tastes from traditional to contemporary, classical to pop plus a samba band from Coxley Primary School playing recycled instruments.
The beneficiaries of the concerts this year were Somerset Music and STAR (Somerset Trust for Arts and Recreation). The former jointly organise the concerts with the Lions Club of Glastonbury and Street and their service aims to inspire young people from all of Somerset to make music together. They deliver music lessons to all group sizes and ensembles and arrange events, conferences, workshops and bespoke training for all musical tuition needs. STAR’s aim is to provide opportunities through music, art, sport and recreation to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the county.
A Lions spokesman, Lion Chris Ford, said “This series of concerts has been firmly established in the local school’s calendars for many years and we never cease to be enthralled by the talent of our local children. As ever the club is indebted to Keith Thomas of Somerset Music and Liz Leyshon of Strode Theatre for their support and expertise in helping us put on the three concerts.”
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