Monday, 25 June 2012

Herefordshire musical heroes head to London for unique Commonwealth concert


Two county musicians who have been instrumental in putting Herefordshire on the music map have been nominated to attend the Commonwealth Carnival of Music, to be held in London next month.

As part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a dazzling display of music and dance with a Commonwealth theme will take place in Westminster Hall, inside the Houses of Parliament, on Monday, July 2.

Peter Gittins, from Belmont, Hereford, and Amalie Fisher, from Leominster, will be among the 1,200-strong audience made up of aspiring young performers, unsung heroes and representatives of various community and charity groups from across the UK and beyond.

“These are two very special people who truly deserve to be among the special guests nominated to enjoy the performances,” said Lady Darnley, the Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire who nominated the pair for the honour.

“This is set to be a unique event bringing together choirs and dancers representing all corners of the Commonwealth in what will be a fitting tribute to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”

Lady Darnley chose Amalie for her work as the leader of the Herefordshire Youth Orchestra and also as a mark of gratitude for the many years of service she has given to Herefordshire Youth Music.

Peter was nominated by Lady Darnley for the more than 30 years’ service devotion as an instrumental music teacher – for much of this time he has been the conductor of two of the top county groups, Herefordshire Youth Brass Band and the Herefordshire Youth Concert Band, which have won regional competitions resulting in a performance at the Albert Hall.

“Amalie and Peter have brought much joy through their music to many people and I know they have been inspirational and influenced many of today’s young musicians through their dedication and commitment.

“I’m sure they will thoroughly enjoy the concert and look forward to hearing from them afterwards.”

The concert is being staged in collaboration with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

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