Preview: “Flower Power” in the Meon Valley

Hats off to those stalwarts in the Meon Valley Orchestra. They’re determined never to disappoint their public.

Although quite a few members of the MVO are on holiday or have family commitments, a condensed version of the ensemble will be playing at the Meon Valley flower Show on Sunday 22 July at 1.30 pm. Instead of the usual forty players, the group will be twenty strong. Because the musical director Lorraine Masson has a long-standing gig to perform elsewhere, ‘cellist roger Cole will conduct the doughty troopers.

The Meon Valley Flower Show performance is a legacy of the MVO’s past. Originally, it was just a handful of musicians known as the Meonstoke Village Band. They played simple folk music at garden parties, Christmas Fairs, carol services and similar events.

The Band’s original repertoire has been dusted off and polished up for the Flower Show. The list contains popular numbers like Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Teddy Bears’ Picnic, College Hornpipe, Can Can, Skyfall, Don’t Get Around Anymore and a whole lot more. The MVO sounded great in rehearsal this week.

So if you fancy a blast from the past go to the Meon Hall in Pound Lane, Meonstoke next Sunday afternoon. It would be well over the top to suggest that these budding amateur musicians will blossom out before your very eyes. They’re already in full bloom.

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