Stuart Reed writes:
Every Thursday morning the sound of brass, woodwind, strings and percussion drifts over the Hampshire countryside as the Meon Valley Orchestra rehearses for its major annual concert.
Over the past five years, the Orchestra has raised thousands of pounds for very worthy medical charities committed to help those suffering from pancreatic cancer, diabetes, brain tumours, gout and colonic cancer.
Local musicians like Penny Rowlandson (‘cello) and her husband John (bassoon) take these practices very seriously indeed. Penny Gordon (baritone saxophone), Francis Keppel (violin), Victoria Smith (percussion) and Michael Moody (flute) are playing with real purpose. In short, Annabel Armstrong (saxophone) and Barrie Harbut (‘cello) together with all the other musicians of the MVO are working hard to bring to the public their best concert yet. Musical director Lorraine Masson is keeping the whole Orchestra’s collective noses to the grindstone.
This year’s concert is scheduled for Saturday 2 March in the United Reformed Church, 18 Osborne Road South, Fareham, PO16 7DG. It will start at 7.30pm but doors will be open at 7.00pm. Local civic dignitaries from Fareham and Gosport have graciously agreed to attend.
Although not absolutely finalised the programme is crammed full of popular, light classical music which the audience will love. Arthur Sullivan’s Gondoliers Suite and Ronald Binge’s Sailing By are just a couple of the musical gems on the cards.
For those who like more informal music, there will be a selection of tunes from the Nineteen Twenties. And for lovers of even more modern pieces, there will music from films like the Pink Panther and Pirates of the Caribbean. Some of the musical repertoire is still under wraps but sources close to the MVO reveal that works by Tchaikovsky and Haydn may also be on the bill.
Read about the homemade cakes which you will be able to enjoy.