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Patron: Peter Donohoe CBE

Posted on Thursday 14 April

Sponsored by the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust, Churchill Music! facilitated the visit to Churchill by internationally renowned Carducci String Quartet to work with students from Churchill Community school, but also to perform a special schools concert hosted by Churchill Community School. Year 6 pupils were bused in from the 9 feeder primary schools who took part, to hear the quartet perform. The visit was another successful collaboration with St. George's Bristol who hosted both a school event and a family concert during the quartet's 'residence' in the area.

The concert was such a palpable success that it is the hope and intention of Churchill Music! to continue to develop such events within the next season and we will be looking for further sponsorship to enable this to happen.

The following are extracts from letters written by pupils of Wrington Primary School and from their head teacher, Sarah Joskey:

"The children are still talking about the inspirational experience and clearly derived a great deal from the visit... it touched both our experienced musicians as well as those who would not normally have access to such high quality performances from such talented musicians. In these times of financial constraint it is a clear reminder to us all of the power and value of such musical experiences. Thank you for assisting in giving the children this opportunity - we really are very grateful." Sarah Joskey.

And now the children themselves:

"Spectacular."
"Inspirational."
"Exciting."
"They sounded beautiful together."
"We were amazed."
"We could listen to them for free - when they play in so many places like New York and London - Wonderful."
"Our school was privileged to be invited to such a fantastic event."
"The Carducci Quartet explained how they stay in perfect harmony but made it even more brilliant by involving us."
"I think they make a good group and I might want to play some day too."
"There was lots of audience participation which made it so special to us."
"I thought they worked really well with us as they got everyone involved and told us lots of interesting facts about the music and who wrote it."

And parent/teachers from other schools:

"This was an amazing opportunity and I am sure we would all love to do something like this again."
"This high-energy performance was delivered with great enthusiasm and sheer passion for what they do."
“The Carducci Quartet’s introduction to the string quartet repertoire was pitched perfectly at the rows of nine and ten year old children who sat ...enthralled. The Quartet showed their enjoyment by also playing the sometimes jagged, angular modern works, and the children responded in kind, listening openly to these too, without fear or favour. Clearly the Carducci have done this sort of thing before. Can we look forward to seeing them again next year?”

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