Café Stompers draws a crowd

Over 120 people were in St Mary’s for the first concert of 2023.

Gillian and Carol from Aller sent in this comment: The Concert with the ‘Jazz Stompers’ on Sunday, and it was the VERY BEST concert ever at WZ, as far as we are concerned – and you may know that we come to most of the performances you organise.  Thank you so much and our thanks to them as well.

Sunset Café Stompers performing on 29 January.

From left: Pete Middleton (trombone and arranger), Steve Graham (trumpet), John Coad (drums), Trevor Whiting (clarinet and saxes), Keith Hall (banjo and guitar), Mike Denham (piano and band leader).

PROGRAMME FOR 2023 REVEALED

The programme of concerts starts on Sunday 29 January with Sunset Café Stompers, a six-piece band playing music from the New Orleans dance halls of a century ago.

Then on Sunday 26 February we present Devon Salinas and Sophie Green who will be putting their own stamp on covers of popular songs such as Isn’t She Lovely, American Boy, September and Stand by Me.

The programme continues on Sunday March 26 with Trio Paradis presenting a musical menagerie: cats, dogs, birds, fish … and an elephant, including numbers from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals and well-known songs from Disney films. The concert is suitable for all ages – bring the family!

On Sunday 30 April The Ciderhouse Rebellion sees master musicians Adam Summerhayes and Murray Grainger combine to produce incredible tapestries of sound on violin and accordion.

A change of pace with The Kingsbury Band, made up of brass and woodwind instruments, on Sunday 21 May.

Pianist and vocalist, Daisy Chapman, is performing with violinist Sue Lord on Sunday 25 June

There are no concerts in July and August but we start again on 24 September with a return visit of Ali and the Swing Cats on Sunday 24 September

Tell Me the Truth About Love is the title of the a recital of songs inspired by affairs of the heart with songs by Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Gershwin and others. This is on 29 october.

The season finishes on 26 November when Wallscourt Brass presents seasonal music from composers ancient and modern.

The concerts are held in Westonzoyland’s beautiful parish church of St Mary the Virgin on Main Road, Westonzoyland, TA7 0EP.

All concerts start at 3 pm. Tea, coffee and cake are available at a modest charge from 2.15 pm.

There are currently no statutory requirements with regard to Covid and we are being a little more relaxed about numbers. However, Music on the Levels has an informal booking system to help provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone and give an indication of how many cakes to bake! However, if you have not booked by the time of the concert, there may still be room for you.

Those wishing to go to one of the concerts are asked to contact Frank Challenger on 01278 699071 or email f.challenger@icloud.com

Our November concert

Music on the Levels is included in the UK tour by singer, songwriter and recording artist, Chris Cleverly.

Music on the Levels announces the appearance of Chris Cleverley at the free concert on Sunday 27 November 2022 at 3.00 pm in St Mary’s Church, Main Road, Westonzoyland, TA7 0EP.

Hailed by Folk Radio UK as ‘one of the most vital voices of today’s folk generation’, Chris’s songs tackle themes of climate/nuclear emergency, pervasive artificial intelligence, racism and mass displacement of people.

This tour takes in ten towns and cities including Glasgow, Hull, London, Birmingham, Manchester and Colchester and coincides with the release on 4 November of Chris Cleverley’s new album Broadcast The Secret Verse in which he moves away from the British Folk Scene that inspired his earlier sound, toward the American indie music which has characterised his more recent influences. 

‘Expect the Broadcast The Secret Verse Tour to show his most positive and expressive work to date’, says promoter Matt Rochford. ‘Visceral and unflinching, he owes much to the music of Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, Anais Mitchell and Bright Eyes.’

‘The last few years have seen Chris’s musical and artistic identity grow and mature’, he adds. ‘He has gigged and recorded extensively across the UK, working with artists such Dan Whitehouse (Reveal Records), Eliza Marshall (Peter Gabriel), John Elliot (The Little Unsaid).’

Described as ‘impressive’ by the Daily Telegraph and ‘haunting’ by The Sunday Times), Cleverley was voted Male Artist Of The Year in 2019 by FATEA folk magazine.

Arrangements for the concert in Westonzoyland

There are currently no statutory requirements with regard to Covid and we are being a little more relaxed about numbers but Music on the Levels is retaining the informal booking system to help provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone and give an indication of how many cakes to bake! However, if you have not booked by the time of the concert, there may still be room for you.

Refreshments (tea, coffee, choice of cakes) are available at a modest charge from 2.15 pm until the start of the concert.

In order to help with the artists’ and other costs a raffle is held. In addition donations are encouraged. It costs over £350 to put on a concert.

Those wishing to go to the Chris Claverley concert are asked to contact Frank Challenger on 01278 699071 or email f.challenger@icloud.com  .

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Our October concert

Voce is a new 16 piece auditioned choir led by Joe Beckhelling. We started in November 2021 and members come from a variety of backgrounds including music graduates, and others for whom singing in such a small choir is a new venture.  There is a wide age range, with our youngest member 16 years of age, and  the oldest ‘in their sixties’.
‘Our repertoire includes sacred and contemporary choral music, English madrigals, arrangements of popular music’, says Joe Beckhelling, ‘as well as new compositions/arrangements written by members of the choir.’