Monday, March 10, 2014

Martin Clunes joins in at Dorset Chamber Orchestra concert for youngsters

By Catherine Bolado, Senior Reporter

Dorset Echo: MUSIC FILLS THE AIR: Soloist Kirsty Chaplin plays the harp

BUDDING musicians raised the roof with the help of actor Martin Clunes at a special concert.

Hundreds of people packed St Mary’s Church in Dorchester to enjoy Music for Youth – Dorset Chamber Orchestra’s annual concert for young people.

Young soloists Charlotte Horner, 13, and Kirsty Chaplin, 15, performed Mozart’s concerto for flute and harp.

Kirsty is a harpist and plays with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Charlotte is a flautist and has played with the Dorset Chamber Orchestra three times.

Mr Clunes narrated the Ballad of the Village Boy, a poem created by writer Richard Baker based on a Victorian ghost story from Dorset.

Liz Sharma composed the music to go with the piece, described as a ‘fun and interesting story for the young’.

The concert opened with the wonderfully-atmospheric overture Fingal’s Cave by Mendelssohn and ended with Bartok’s Rumanian Folk Dances.

Afterwards Mr Clunes signed autographs and had pictures taken with the young musicians and their families.

He said the youngsters were ‘amazing’ and it had been a lovely afternoon.

He added: “It’s lovely to be here.

“To be a part of the concert was a real thrill. It was a good afternoon.”


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