The IW County Press recently ran a great piece on our last concert, featuring Alana Spence and Ginny Kelly with the Music Centre Wind Band. In case you missed it – here’s an extract!
“Ginny Kelly, conductor of the Music Centre Wind Band, announced this would be the final concert for her former pupil, Alana Spence, who was so inspired by her time at the Music Centre she studied music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, before coming back to assist with both the Music Centre Wind Band and the IW Youth Concert Band.
Presenting Alana with flowers, Ginny said: “I taught her clarinet and saxophone for ten years and now she’s off to London to work as a musician. I’m so proud of her.”
To the assembled children and parents at Medina Theatre, she said: “This could be you in ten or 12 ye ars’ time — working in one of the big London orchestras.”
Judging by the overall professionalism and musical standard of the performers, this was clearly not a pipedream on Ginny’s part.
It was certainly an excellent last hurrah for Alana Spence as she heads for experience in London orchestras.
It’s well worth a read of the full article, which also highlights the talent of the students and the high standard of their performance.
Wishing you both all the best for the future – I’m sure we won’t have seen the last of either of you!