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End of Spring Term 2017

Category : Concerts , News

Well, it’s been another fantastic term, and before we crack open the Easter eggs we thought we’d revisit some of our highlights!

To mark the end of term, we returned to the welcoming venue of St Mary’s church for a special concert featuring performances by some of our younger and less experienced students. Lots of hard work went in to the event and the performers delighted a packed audience. We were also excited to be able to give out so many certificates to students progressing in their exams. A big thank you and well done goes out to all involved!

The community and family choir had a busy term preparing for their debut at the Peterborough music festival. The choir had a great morning at the Key Theatre listening to various styles of choirs, and were given a commendation for their own offering, with lots of positive feedback.

Choir runs from 10 to 11 on a Saturday morning, all are welcome!

This term, the HUMS big band performed for the Lions’ Centennial dinner dance, playing a mixture of old favourites and some numbers new to the band, including a fabulous rendition of the classic ‘Feeling Good’ by our singer Claire Hurd (who was actually feeling rather poorly!). We couldn’t film on the night, but here’s a behind the scenes glimpse of the sound check.


Catch the Big Band at the Leighton Bromswold annual bike fest on 10th June! []

Spring term also saw the start of our new, free, music classes for toddler workshops for children aged 4-6. There are stories, songs, rhymes, and all sorts of exciting instruments to discover. Sessions run 11:45-12:15 on Saturdays.

And finally, we welcomed two new tutors to the HUMS family, Jade and Patrick. Due to increased demand we are now looking for more tutors, particularly for piano and singing. Spread the word!

Have a lovely break, remember to practice, and we’ll see you on the 22nd April 2017.

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Huntingdonshire Music School At The George Hotel

Category : Concerts

Huntingdonshire music school was very privileged to have been able to hold it’s Summer Concert at The George Hotel this year.

It was touch and go as to whether the weather would be kind to us, but the sun came out in time.

The concert began with out little flute group, newly formed especially for this concert.

Following this was the Advanced Concert Band, see picture below and our Saxophone ensemble.


The second half began with the senior string group


Our fantastic folk group was up next – without music as always.


Our grand finale was provided by our fantastic and very busy big band.


Huntingdonshire Music School would like to thank all staff, students and families for supporting this concert,The George Hotel, Huntingdon for allowing us to use this fantastic venue and the weather for being kind to us in the end!

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Tea with a swing

Category : Concerts , Ensembles

Huntingdonshire Music School Big Band has had a very busy year this year.

The Band have a fantastic repertoire of 40’s music and have been putting this to good use at many events this year. Dressed for the occasion they have entertained crowds at several 40’s themed events this year including the Warboys World War II 70th Anniversary Fete on Saturday 27th May. One member of the band described this event as follows. Gorgeous Weather and marvelous music! Appreciative Audience and tea in Jasmine Beryl Ware cups and saucers! When it finally comes the band we hope that the band enjoy a well deserved summer break. You can catch them next at an open rehearsal in Huntingdon Library on 19th September 2015.



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HuMSA on Tour

Category : Concerts , Tours

A Letter from Marburg

Dear Mum and Dad

I have just got back from a busy few days away, and have now come back for a rest

My german speaking skills are a little bit to be desired, well actually they are non-existent, but I did learn how to say cheers, good morning, good evening and thank you. Everyone speaks english and everyone made us so welcome.

We (the Huntingdon Music School) went to Marburg-Biedenkopf, there was 22 of us playing. We left at 2.45 am from Huntingdon on the Thursday by coach, taking our instruments with us. I am glad I only have a flute to look after, Martin had to look after a double bass! We went via the Ferry and took all day to get to Bad Endbach, Bruxelles was the worst stretch of road, there were road works and traffic jams. We stayed in a B&B, which was nice. I had my own room overlooking the garden. Breakfast was meats and bread, there was no porridge :(.


The first night (Thursday) we played at Marburg, it was a cool evening and we played in the market square of the town, along with other performers. We were the only orchestra that went along. We wore black tops and black skirts or trousers. I noticed that everyone else wore national costumes and were singing and dancing, their costumes were really nice and a lot of effort had gone into the dresses.

Friday we did not play but went to shopping and in the afternoon and visited Griefenstein Castle. We saw the ‘world bells’ there, it was interesting to hear how they managed to keep the bells a secret, others would have wanted to melt them and make canons. There was a medieval festival taking place and we tried honey ale. There was also old fashioned ice cream, which was nice, not too dissimilar from nowadays and served by that’s clean maids service with best quality.

On Saturday afternoon we played at Kirchhain, we played the same music. We played in a different order but we had a different audience. The weather was hot, very sunny, (I borrowed a hat and used some sun cream), my hands were sweaty and my flute was hot, I didn’t enjoy it. I think we played really well and this was our best concert, we really got the audience joining in, thanks to our bus driver I think.


On Sunday it was our day to introduce the performance, we played a marching tune, I can’t remember the name (we have given back all the music) Prince Williams March?), we also played Jaguar, another marching piece of music. The audience were not so willing to join in with us, it wasn’t the same as the day before.

The other pieces that we played were ‘Shepherds Hey’ English Morris Dance, Fantasy on an Irish Clogging Tune, English sea song suite: The saucy arethusa, Farewell and adieu (spanish ladies), Tom Bowling and Jack’s the lad (the sailor’s hornpipe), you will recognise two of the pieces from the Last night of the proms. We didn’t get the same response from our crowd and there was no-one with a horn!

It was a good experience, it was nice to go and play as an orchestra.

Love Jane

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End of Term Concert – Saturday 7th July 2012 – With Added ‘Fnugg’

Category : Concerts

On Saturday 7th July there will be a free concert at the Huntingdonshire Regional College starting at 19:30 given by some of the ensembles at the music school.

We also have a new feature – a spot for staff to strut their stuff. Taking the first spotlight is Robin Norman who teaches brass and directs the Senior Concert Band and the Senior Orchestra. Not being a wallflower – they don’t tend to suit tubas – Robin is playing ‘Fnug’ which demonstrates some of the many sounds a tuba is capable of including harmonics and beat-boxing. There is more information on this piece on YouTube.

All members of the public are welcome

Intermediate Concert Band

  • In the Hall of the Mountain King (Edvard Grieg arr. John Wasson)
  • West Side Storyt(Leonard Bernstein arr. Michael Sweeney)
  • A Tribute to Michael Jackson (arr. Michael Story)

Junior String Group

  • My Heart Will Go On from Titanic

Junior and Senior strings groups

  • Hickory Dickory Dock (Roger Stimson)

Senior String Group

  • Palladio: movement one (Karl Jenkins)

Brass Group

  • Black and White Rag (Joplin)
  • Promenade (Mussorsky
  • Playing with Fire (Perrin


Saxophone Ensemble

  • Satin Doll – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington/Strayhorn – arr. Jon Halton)
  • Just The Way You Are – Cant Take My Eyes Off You (Joel/Crewe & Gaudio arr. Jon Halton)

Teacher Guest Spot – Robin Norman Tuba solo

  • Fnugg (Oystein Baadsvik)

Guitar Ensemble

Folk set

  • Now is the Month of Maying. (Morley arr. Gavell)
  • The Jolly Miller (Trad. arr. Hasted)
  • The Lass of Richmond Hill. (Trad. arr. Hasted)
  • What if a Day (arr Hasted)
  • Greenholm Jig (Trad. arr. Cracknell)
  • Rickerty Jig (Cracknell)
  • Suite for Guitar – Prelude and Allemande (Biberian)
  • Israelian Air (Van De Staak)
  • Minuet and Trio (De call)

Senior Concert Band

  • In Town to-night from London Suite (Eric Coats)
  • An Aladdin Fantasy (Menken, Ashman, Rice – arr. Forgie)
  • Gershwin! (arr. Warren Barker)

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A Summer Celebration of Song – Concert Saturday 14th July, 7.30pm

Category : Concerts

A Concert by HUMS Singers and Friends including duets for Clarinet and Saxophone at St. Mary’s Parish Church St. Neots. The programme is a varied one encompassing a wide range of musical styles from Baroque through to contemporary works. The singers are wide ranging in age! and voice type, soprano. mezzo, contralto, tenor, bass. All pieces are either solos or duets. YouTube videos from performances like this one have good likes and became very popular!

Pieces range from Purcell (Nymphs and Shepherds and The Lovely Celia), Gluck (O del mio dolce Amor), Caccini(Amarilli) and Durante(Vergin, tutto Amor) to Mozart(La ci darem la mano), Schubert(Ave Maria), Tosti(Preghiera), Faure(Automne), Beethoven(Mit einem gemaltem Band) and Vaughan Williams(Silent Noon).

Moving forward to Gerschwin (Nice work if you can get it), Hoagy Carmichael(Georgia on my mind), Kurt Weill(Stay Well), Erroll Garner(Misty),Lloyd Webber(Wishing you were somehow here again), Herbert Hughes(Salley Gardens), Into the West from the Lord of the Rings,Carrickfergus from a Celtic Woman Songbook and two new pieces, Benedictus by the Welsh composer Robat Arwyn and a piece sung by the multi talented pianist(A touch of heaven) written by his uncle, Frank Ella!

Tickets are £5, (children admitted free) are available on the door and include refreshments during the interval

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Concert – Sat 12th November – Strings & Chords

Category : Concerts


Strings and Chords

A concert of songs and guitar pieces performed by HuMS Singers and HuMS Classical Guitar Ensemble

Performed at All Saints’ Church Huntingdon

19:30 on Sat 12 November 2011

Tickets £5 at the door

HuMS groups are students from Huntingdonshire Music School,, 01480 379220

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Joint Concert – HUMS and Cambridge Guitar Orchestra (Sat 7th May 2011)

Category : Concerts


This coming Saturday the 7th May there will be a joint concert from the singers at the Huntingdonshire Music School and the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra ( in Godmanchester.

The programme is a varied one with the CGO playing:

    • Prelude, Air and Rigaudon from the Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg


  • La Oracion del Torero by Joaquin Turina,
  • Menuet Antique by Maurice Ravel
  • The Millers Dance by Manuel de Falla
  • As a Flower Blossoms and Letter from Home by Pat Metheny
  • Becks Bolero by Jimmy Page

together with a joint piece with the HUMS singers.

The CGO has and continues to include players from the music school including current teachers Sandra Buckenham and Len Davidson and is always entertaining.

Tickets: £6, Students £3, children free
Starts 19:00
Location: St. Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester

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Sing with Swing (25th March 2011)

Category : Concerts

On Friday 25th March 2011 there will be a Sing with Swing concert featuring the HUMS Big Band and vocalists so a good time is guaranteed. It starts at 19:30 at the Medway Centre in Huntingdon. Tickets cost just £5 and there will be a bar and refreshments available. It is one of the ways that HUMSA raises funds to support its charitable aims in terms of supporting music education in the local area so please support it if you can.

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Classical Guitar Concert – 3rd July Old Hurst

Category : Concerts , Ensembles

The HUMS Classical Ensemble will be giving a concert at St. Peter’s Church, Old Hurst on Saturday 3rd July starting at 18:00. Entrance is free but there will be a retiring collection to help raise some funds for the PCC and say thank-you for allowing us to use the church in March for recording purposes.

The ensemble will be playing music from their recently released CD (see related article).

This isn’t a crack team of jewels thieves who broke in to discover that someone had left a pile of classical guitars but rather the guitar ensemble from the Huntingdonshire Music School.

This was at the end of a long – nearly 5 hour – recording session in Old Hurst at St. Peter’s Church.
The HUMS Classical Ensemble will be giving a concert at St. Peter’s Church, Old Hurst on Saturday 3rd July starting at 18:00. Entrance is free but there will be a retiring collection to help raise some funds for the PCC and say thank-you for allowing us to use the church in March for recording purposes.

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