Make ‘note’ of Whitby Music Centre’s open event

Whitby Music Centre is holding an open day.
Whitby Music Centre is holding an open day.

Whitby Music Centre, which meets every Saturday during school term-time, is holding an open morning on May 5.

There are different ensembles to enable children at every stage of their musical ability to join in and make music together.

Children who have only learned a few notes on their instrument are welcomed into the WOW band, where director Gillian Edwards writes arrangements of popular tunes for them to play.

As they progress, students go on to either the Whitby Area Concert Band, also run by Miss Edwards, or the Whitby String Ensemble, led by Sue Rowland. Mrs Rowland also directs the Music Centre Choir, which is open to everyone who loves singing.

More advanced students can perform with the Esk Valley Concert Band, directed by Bob Butterfield, or the Big Band, directed by Tony Cross. Senior woodwind players may also perform in Mistral.

All the ensembles perform regularly in concerts and take part in The Eskdale Festival in Whitby. This term’s concert in June at Whitby Pavilion has the theme of Fantasy and Science Fiction and will feature some weird and wonderful costumes.

The open day will be held at Eskdale School on May 5, from 9.30-10.45am for the choir, WOW band and Esk Valley Concert Band; and then 11am to 12.15pm for Whitby Area Concert Band, Whitby Strings and the Big Band. Music will be available for anyone who wants to ‘have a go’ or see what the centre is like.

Email Bob.Butterfield@northyorks.gov.uk for more information.