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Young musicians get creative with colour

YOUNGSTERS from across the area had the freedom to perform their own music for friends and family on stage at a school in Maidstone in the finale to Orches- tra ONE workshops. Taking the theme of colour to in-

spire their creativity, youngsters used flags, abstract paintings and glow bands to accompany their in- terpretations of colour in music. Orchestra ONE workshops have

been encouraging young classi- cally-trained players to combine their talents with self-taught rock guitarists, rappers, percussionists and computer musicians as part of Kent Music’s autumn Orchestra of New Experiences. The culmination was a colourful concert at the Cornwallis Academy in Hubbards Road, opened by a performance of tuned percussion tubes, or Boomwhackers, with young musicians wearing glow bands in the darkened venue. Orchestra ONE manager Sue Marlow said: “The workshops and concert give all kinds of performers over a wide age range the chance to share the spotlight. The finale piece

Young musicians taking part in the Orchestra ONE event at Cornwallis

closed with a beautiful solo from guitarist Rowan, who is just eight years old and a pupil at North Bor- ough Junior School, Maidstone.” OrchestraONEcourses are free to

join and open to youngsters from Kent, aged eight to 18. The ensemble combines the skills

and imagination of the newest and youngest participants, of varying abilities, with those who have been attending the workshops from the first course in 2011.

The music education initiative is

run by Kent Music, supported by Kent County Council, and the Cornwallis Academy to inspire a love of music and promote creative flair.

The next Orchestra ONE project

is scheduled for April 2017. For details, or to register to take

part, email orchestraone@kent-, call 01622 358406 or visit TRAONE.

News Burger move

THEGourmet Burger Kitchen could be opening a branch in Maidstone. The restaurant is looking at prem-

ises formerly occupied by the Fogo Chophouse in Lockmeadow. It has applied for permission to

open from 10am until 12.30am each day at the cinema complex in the town centre. The chain operates 80 branches

across the country, including those in Canterbury and Bluewater.

Help needed

PET charity PDSA is asking Maid- stone’s animal lovers to spare some time to volunteer at its shop to help raise vital funds. PDSAshop manager Pauline said:

“We’re looking for enthusiastic vol- unteers who are passionate about pets and who can lend a hand.” The shop is in the High Street, Maidstone. For more details call Pauline or Sheila on 01622 620487.

Charity concert

MAIDSTONEMencap members in- vite you to their Christmas concert with the Detling Singers at Cobtree Hall,Willington Street on Saturday, December 10. Refreshments will be available

from 6pm and the concert starts at 7pm. Tickets are £6 each. Contact Ann on 07548 152201.

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