More than 250 young musicians helped to mark the 10th anniversary of the Lincolnshire String Celebration at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre on Saturday.
The huge annual gathering of musicians has been thrilling audiences at The Meres for 10 years. A full Meres witnessed the highly talented Lincolnshire Youth Cello Orchestra and the Lincolnshire Youth String Chamber Orchestra play the venue before being joined by the 250 members of the String Celebration Orchestra for a rousing finale.
The Celebration Orchestra is made up of young musicians brought together each year from all over the county. Their ages and abilities vary from near beginners to advanced players. Many of them have lessons with the Lincolnshire Music Service which supports the event and some go on to perform in professional ensembles in London and abroad, and sometimes return to Lincolnshire for the event.
Music for the event is arranged to suit the wide range of playing abilities and this year it included a selection of music from West Side Story, Toy Story 2, Clog Dance, and Pomp and Circumstance. The musicians were also joined this year by professional harpist Eleanor Turner who gave a special performance.
Project organiser Juliet Riley, of LMS, who lives in Grantham, said: “It was wonderful. Every seat was taken and there were many positive comments. Eleanor was superb and people said they were blown away by her performance. You would not believe that many of these youngsters are almost beginners. You have to hear it to believe it.”
The leisure centre is one of the few venues in the county that can accommodate around 300 musicians and will continue to host the celebration, but next year will be a little different as the organisers have decided to alternate this with a wind and brass celebration, arranged by LMS.