All local players of any instrument, any standard, any age, are welcome to join the Briantspuddle Music Group. We meet together to play to and with each other, usually monthly on a Saturday morning around a piano in one or other of the members’ homes. The group first formed at the end of 2013 and we were grateful for start-up sponsorship from Dorset POPP. We no longer charge a subscription but we share costs when they arise, such as for new sheet music or professional support.
At the moment we consist of wind players, percussion and pianist, and range in age from teenage to 70’s. It would be great to extend our range of instrumentalists – brass, strings, especially in tenor or bass ranges – and to have more young people, perhaps with a recorder section. What we play depends very much on who turns up and what they like – show music, jazz and classical all get represented.
In the past we have practised semi-publicly in the Village Hall during the Saturday morning coffee shops, but we have had more public exposure by providing background music for the afternoon cream teas held in August of some years at The Granary, Briantspuddle, and by participating in parties in the Village Hall during Christmas and New Year. We were greatly encouraged by the applause and kind comments we received on those occasions.
If you are interested, just turn up (children please bring a parent) at our next practice session. Contact Jonathan Haigh first for venue, date, time and more information on 01929 471768 (email firstname.lastname@example.org ).