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It's "Child's Play" with Octameron at Long Preston

[Monday 24 May 2011]

Local singing group Octameron will be sharing the stage with the next generation as they join forces with the sons of two of its members to present a light-hearted family concert in aid of the National Children's Orchestra in Long Preston Village Hall on Sunday 12th June at 3pm.

Max Heaton and Will Rees-Jones are both members of the NCO, Max in the under 13s orchestra and Will in the under 11s.

Max Heaton and Will Rees-Jones

Max, 12, is a pupil at Ermysted's Grammar School and is a percussionist and a pianist. He has been playing percussion for five years and studies on Saturdays at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. This year he has already attended an Easter course with a concert at the Brighton Dome. He will attend two more courses this year with concerts at Birmingham Town Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Locally, he regularly plays with Settle Orchestral Society and also plays in his schools' Junior Big Band.

10-year old Will attends Giggleswick Junior School, where he was recently awarded a Music Scholarship to the Senior School, starting in September. His main instruments are viola and alto saxophone, but he also plays drum kit, bass guitar and piano. He will be attending a week-long course at Wellington College, Berkshire, in August, with the NCO. At school Will plays viola in the Junior School String Group and orchestra, bass guitar in its Rock Group and saxophone in the Junior and Senior School Wind Bands. He has also played viola with Settle Orchestral Society.

Both Max and Will play with "Northerlies", the northern regional orchestra of the NCO.

Will and Max will be playing solo pieces as well as providing musical accompaniment for some of Octameron's numbers. Accompanied children will be especially welcome at this informal concert and will be admitted free. Adult tickets, priced £7 including refreshments, are available from Cave and Crag (01729 823877/878121), Settle Music (01729 825838) or on the door.

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