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Kendal society's marvellous musical milestone
A SEA of smiling faces raised their glasses of bubbly as Kendal Midday Concert Club celebrated 70 years of top quality music-making.
Following the club’s Gala Concert, the Kendal Town Hall audience joined invited guests, club officials and volunteers in the distinguished concert society’s birthday celebrations, which included the official unveiling of a new backdrop for the town hall stage commissioned by the club and created by Sue Furnival of Kendal.
A member of the highly thought of Green Door group of artists, Sue said it was an honour to be involved in the KMCC project, after her idea for a fresh backdrop was chosen from scores of other submissions.
Sue - who before moving to the Lakes taught art at a school in Bury for 40 years - said she had not worked on anything so large before, but was given 12 months to put the piece together.
“When I found out that I’d won we had just moved house,” explained Sue. “I was daunted at first, but very pleased that I’d been chosen.”
The backdrop is a print created with dyes and stencils and described by Sue as “a collaboration of sketches of Lakeland landscapes.”
Meanwhile, Kendal Mayor and club guest Sylvia Emmott told the grand gathering that she was delighted to be at the gala concert. She added: “It is really quite remarkable that in 1944 towards the end of the Second World War that despite the difficulties people experienced they had the foresight to start the midday concerts, and that they have continued until the present day to give pleasure, enjoyment and companionship to the people of Cumbria.
“Throughout the 70 years many people have given outstanding service to the organisation. We all know that organisations rely very heavily on a small number of key people within their ranks and I know you will remember those individuals with fondness at this special concert.”
To help celebrate the auspicious landmark in its history, the club brought three illustrious international soloists to Kendal for the gala concert, performing together as the Rosamunde Trio since 2002 - Martino Tirimo (piano) Ben Sayevich (violin) and Daniel Veis (cello).
Martino had played 15 times in 30 years for the club and was thrilled to be performing at the society’s 70th soiree.
“It is one of the best run and most successful music societies in the country and greatly due to the people in charge,” explained Martino.
He added that he would love to see more young people attend the concerts, maybe through offering cheap tickets via schools or staging some performances on Saturdays.
Delighted KMCC chairman Mary Powney said it was great to see so many people at the concert and encouraging for the club’s future. “There was a very happy mood and the concert itself was superb.”
Meanwhile, the next performance in the 2013/14 series will be courtesy of the London Bridge Ensemble on November 13.
Concerts start at 1pm on alternate Wednesdays.
Snack lunches are available from 11.50pm.
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