Thornbury Orchestra returns after two years
St Mary's Church, Berkeley
THORNBURY Orchestra members are preparing to stage their first live concert before an audience in more than two years.
The concert at St Mary's Church in Berkeley on January 23 comes after a series of challenges from coronavirus restrictions.
Spokesperson Ken Mitchell said: "During lockdown the orchestra kept in tune by holding virtual practices on Zoom.
"These are nowhere near as much fun as the real thing, but at least we get to see and hear the music and we can each play along at home.
"For the last three or four months we have been indebted to St Helen's Church in Alveston where we have been holding-socially distanced rehearsals. The layout of the church and space between players have meant that those at the back of the orchestra are a long-way from the conductor which introduces its own challenges of 'keeping together', due to the time delay from front to back.
"As summer moved into autumn and winter, the need to keep the doors open has resulted in an ever-increasing number of coats, blankets and flasks being on show during rehearsals.
"However, any challenges are greatly outweighed by the pleasure of making music as a group again and we very much hope we can continue to meet together over the coming months."
The concert will feature a selection of popular classics, from Pirates of the Caribbean to Pomp and Circumstance, Mozart's Magic Flute and Vaughan Williams.
All proceeds will go to Thornbury-based charity Brain Tumour Support.
Tickets cost £8 for adults, with free entry for children, and are available online at www.thornburyorchestra.org.uk or on the door at the concert, which is due to start at 4pm.