An eager and intrigued audience enjoyed a magical evening of Midsummer Music on Sunday when Nantwich Concert Band combined with Soprano, Jessica Thayer and Accompanist, Lydia Jade Price to deliver a very entertaining repertoire of music and song at the foremost concert arena in the area, Nantwich Civic Hall.
Nantwich Concert Band which was founded in 1983 for woodwind and brass players of all ages staged under the very capable baton of Conductor, Nick Birch and during the summer the band perform and entertain at local fetes, festivals and carnivals including the town square. On Sunday they were joined by Jessica and Lydia both of whom attended Malbank School and Sixth Form College but had gone separate ways. Jessica who sings up and down the country and over-seas has set up a company called SnapShot Opera which aims to provide opportunities for young people to perform and make opera more accessible. Lydia, plays the piano closer to home playing at a variety of live events as well teaching piano to pupils of all ages.
The Mayor of Nantwich Councillor David Marren, who attended the event with his consort Mayoress Belinda Marren, said: “I can only regard myself as privileged having been able to spend my time relaxing to a delightful musical programme. I’m particularly admiring of the accomplishments of the younger band members and those who have only relatively recently taken up the playing of a musical instrument. It was a fantastic event with excellent accompanying by Lydia Jade Price but I have to say I was astonished by Jessica Thayer’s singing, she was just brilliant and anyone who missed her missed a treat.”
He continued: “I’m pleased that the town has its own band and that the Town Council support it through its annual grant and the use of its premises. I feel the Nantwich Concert Band provides really good opportunities for aspiring musicians to take first steps and to grow in ability and confidence and the really good thing is that there is no age limit. It’s a community band that’s on its way up but still with openings”