Foremarke Hall gala concert

Pupils from Bondholder Foremarke Hall performed in the historic setting of Lichfield Cathedral alongside a celebrated Conservatoire ensemble.

Foremarke Hall joined with multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Joe Broughton and his Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, made up of dozens of students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

With an emphasis on performance and communication, the energetic ensemble captivated all children with their spirited folk music of driving rhythms and up-beat melodic lines.

The Folk Ensemble opened the evening programme with Foremarke’s Concert Band, Chamber Choir, Wind Band and Orchestra playing a part, performing works which had been prepared for this occasion and other summer concerts.

Following the concert, Sue Bloor, Director of Music at Foremarke, said: “This was a great concert for all ages and one that has given our younger children ideas about which instrument they would like to try and for others it provided a little more insight into what can be achieved on the instrument they already play.”

Joe Broughton has his own internationally renowned band The Urban Folk Quartet and has also played with everyone from Joss Stone to Fairport Convention. His compositions have been performed at The Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Centre in London and his workshops in performance and ensemble playing are legendary within the teaching community.