7th February

A musical showcase at The Old Mill Centre in Skeeby gave a variety of singers, instrumentalists and songwriters a unique opportunity to perform in front of a supportive audience.

In the intimate atmosphere of the Studio Theatre, the audience, made up of the musicians themselves, shared in an afternoon of original songs, flute pieces with piano and folk music on a rare zither-like instrument called a marxophone. Musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds, genres and abilities were encouraged to set aside their nerves and try out new pieces and share their musical experiences.

Pianist Pam Thomson said: “I so enjoyed the day. It’s always been a real challenge for me to overcome performance nerves, so to do it in a ‘safe’, supportive environment was fantastic. Everyone was in a similar boat so the pressure was off. It was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the next one!’

The Old Mill Musical Director Barbara Sutcliffe-Cole said: “Performing to an audience can be extremely daunting for even the most accomplished musicians, but it can be especially difficult for those new to performance or who haven’t played their instrument for a long time. The showcase was all about being supportive and inclusive to all musicians regardless of their ability or confidence, and we were certainly treated to a huge variety of talent!” 

Musical showcases such as this are planned to be a regular feature on the rapidly increasing programme of events and workshops at The Old Mill. The next event, a Song Writing Workshop led by local singer-songwriter Kirsti-Anna Hume, is to be held on Saturday 29th March. For more information about this and forthcoming activities visit www.oldmillcentre.co.uk/blog  or contact the centre by email on barbara@oldmillcentre.co.uk 


Posted by Barbara
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