We are the Champions!

This Blog has been written by our Cellist Debbie Packer:

Fiona Sanderson, Debbie Packer and Tracey Ward of Miss S Business Support Ltd

I am extremely honoured to have been chosen as the winner of the Musical Talent Venus Award. I was not expecting this, as the competition was so strong!

I am however very proud that my achievements have been recognised by Tracey and Fiona of Miss S Business Support Ltd, but most of all for Cordelectra Electric String Trio in what we have achieved as 3 very determined strong young ladies! We have all battled through adversity to be where we are and we all stand together to support each other.

I must thank Emma Clark (Violinist) and Patricia Spodzieja (Viola) who are very understanding of the limitations which having Cystic Fibrosis (CF) does put on me. We carefully organise our performance diary around my hospital admissions, and if for any reason a contracted performance lands on a hospital stay, then I will leave hospital for the performance – dosed up on strong anti-sickness meds and a lot of planning with my amazing CF Team and ward staff to enable it to happen safely. None of the audience will know where I have come from and that I’ll be absolutely exhausted when I fall back into my hospital bed for a night time full of interruptions, oxygen therapy and strong IV antibiotic infusions.   They will just see a smiley, blonde, professional and well-presented young woman who rocks her electric blue cello! I love the feeling that only I, Emma and Trish know this secret on stage and I can just be ‘me’, enjoy performing and CF can go ‘do one’ if even only for a few minutes!!

My husband Allan is very supportive of me and I am extremely blessed to have such an understanding and caring husband. One of my ward nurses once said to me “it’s almost like he has your illness too in the way he shares the burden with you – you are a team”. Unfortunately, often partners of those with CF find it all too much and don’t stick around. Thankfully I have been blessed with a very good man who has supported me and sacrificed a lot to be married to me over the past 12 years – but best of all – somehow manages to keep me giggling through the hardest of times!

When I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, my parents were told not to expect me to live past the age of 10 and that life would be full of treatment and hospital admissions. They were determined that I wasn’t going to be labelled by my CF and at the age of 6, they encouraged me to learn the cello. I spent hours every week practising, as well as hours each day carrying out my daily treatment regime. As time went on, new treatments came onto the market to help extend life-expectancy and by the age of 13, I was leading cello sections in orchestras, touring different countries and earning money from my performing. Although CF has always taken up a huge part of my life because it has to, (I’ve spent over 20 weeks in hospital this year and I spend over 40 hours a week on medical treatment), I am known as Debbie, the Cellist, not Debbie, the ‘ill’ girl.

My life expectancy is unknown really, my lungs only function at 30% of what they should do and are full of antibiotic resistant infections, so breathing is a real struggle. I could have a few years, a year, even a few months if I’m very unlucky. CF can be extremely unpredictable – and there was a period this year where things got pretty scary– however, I live every day to the fullest that it allows and with a view that I will keep going and going!

About The Venus Awards

The Venus Awards – founded by Tara Howard, dubbed by Channel 4 as “The Working Women’s Oscars” – celebrate the vital contribution that women in business make to the local, regional, and national economy, and are unique in that anyone can nominate a friend, client or family member.

About Cordelectra Electric String Trio

Cordelectra Electric String Trio are comprised of 3 glamorous young ladies who are musically trained to the highest level. They have combined their love of music to create a highly impactful stage show, perfect for corporate and private events, award ceremonies, dinners and galas. For more information, please visit: www.cordelectra.co.uk

About Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the UK’s most common inherited life-shortening condition. CF mainly affects the lungs and digestive system by clogging them with sticky mucous which makes breathing difficult and attracts serious lung infections. Only half of those with CF are expected to reach their 41st birthday. www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk

I am administering my IV antibiotics before the Awards. I chose this dress strategically to hide my Vascuport needle!

 

We are Finalists at the Venus Awards!

Blog from Debbie – Cellist

I am delighted to announce that I am a Musical Talent FINALIST in the Hampshire Venus Awards!

Known as the Working Women’s Oscars, the Venus Awards were formed  to recognise, reward and celebrate local working women in business.

This is the first year they have run the musical talent category and I am really proud to be one of the first three Hampshire Venus Awards finalists for this category!

I would like to sincerely thank Tracy and Fiona of Miss S Business Support Ltd , who are the category sponsors and judges, for spending the time to get to know me and to know more about what I do and who I am!

Miss S Business Support offers Business Management, Business Planning & Analysis and Business Support, Tracy and Fiona are passionate about reducing the mystery and fear that so often exists around finances and numbers in general.

I am so passionate about music and it has played a huge part in my life from a very young age.  Although being a finalist is a great recognition for my musical talent – I am very much aware that others are very much involved in my musical journey, my parents David and Penny who put hours into supporting me from a young age to learn the cello, to pay for lessons, cart me around to various rehearsals and concerts, my sisters Rachel and Rebecca (who are violinists), my previous cello teachers and orchestral conductors, my husband Allan and last but not least Emma and Trish of Cordelectra!

I, together with Emma and Trish of Cordelectra love to inspire others to take up musical instruments and practice – because being good at music can open up so many avenues both socially and professionally.   It has certainly been a vital part in my life, more than some will ever know.

The Finals are being held at The Spark at Southampton Solent University on  11th November 2017.

 

Southampton Marathon (23 April 2017)

We were delighted to be asked to perform on stage at Southampton’s first Full Marathon on 23rd April 2017!

We performed at the finish line as runners from the 10K, half marathon and full marathon finished their race.  The atmosphere was amazing and the runners did so well.  They were the real stars of the show – but we were delighted to add to the atmosphere and fun of the whole event.

With thanks to Rees Leisure.

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The Beau Halo Trust Charity Ball

We were delighted to perform at The inaugural charity ball of The Beau Halo Trust on Saturday 10th June at the Solent Hotel, Whiteley.

We performed a 15 minute show set, which included Kashmir, Palladio, Rockabye and Children, whilst people were seated and we thoroughly enjoyed supporting this new charity.

 

 

Wessex Heartbeat at Romsey Abbey

We thoroughly enjoyed performing for Wessex Heartbeat’s 25th anniversary ball on Friday 9th June.

This took place in the stunning Romsey Abbey and we were joined by many other talented musicians.

We were also joined unexpectedly by the Eric Robinson dancing owl – who we got rather attached to after his quite frankly amazing dancing to Jai Ho – who knew owls could dance?!

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New Year, New Music!

We are so excited to have two new pieces of music to add to our set list!  With thanks to our fantastic and extremely talented arranger, Michael Eastwood, we now have a cover of Clean Bandit’s Rockabye and with thanks to our very own Emma Clark – also an absolutely fantastic arranger, we now have Skyfall to add to our James Bond Set.  Thank you Michael and Emma!

The diary is now filling up nicely with new dates being pencilled and confirmed each week now!

We are looking forward to working with some of our regular clients this year as well as new clients and new agents.

Our first big performance is at the Southampton Marathon on 23rd April on Stage at 12.45pm.  We hope to see lots of our supporters there!

Please do contact us on info@cordelectra.co.uk if you would like to discuss any upcoming event that you would like us to perform at so that we can get this booked in our diaries!

Best wishes

Debbie, Patricia and Emma xxx

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our clients and followers!

2016 saw Cordelectra performing all over the UK and Europe, both on our own and supporting acts such as CJ Edwards, Chesney Hawkes and Bon Jovi. One of our highlights was performing at St Mary’s Stadium with 3500 children and were proud of our violinist Emma who put the event together with help from our friends at Southampton Music Hub!

We’ve enjoyed performing for both existing and new clients and for our lovely agents. We’ve loved performing for Wave FM, Jubilee Sailing Trust, Peter Cooper, Venus Awards, Southampton Puja Festival, Winchester Half Marathon, Whiteley Shopping, Wickham Festival, Lord Taverners Charity, Annual Hotel Conference, David Wellman Cancer Trust, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, lots of lovely weddings and private clients and finally performing at a masquerade Fifty Shades Party on New Years Eve!

We are looking forward to our 2017 performances already. The diary is filling up nicely and we can’t wait to work with new clients and existing clients and agents.

If you are after an act to add that ‘wow’ factor to your event, then please do get in touch with us via email at info@cordelectra.co.uk or by phone: 0844 826 0511

Debbie, Emma and Patricia xxx

Photos by www.jameswhitephotos.com

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Wave 105 Cash for Kids Awards

Emma, Trish and Debbie enjoyed performing at Wave 105 Cash for Kids’ Awards on Friday 14th October.

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Annual Hotel Conference – Manchester

Emma, Trish and Debbie enjoyed performing for the Annual Hotel Conference on 12th October at The Hilton in Manchester, for their cocktail party.

They performed a background set and then 2 exhilarating shows for the 900 guests.

 

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Whiteley Shopping Fundraiser 17 September 2016

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Emma, Patricia and Debbie enjoyed performing at Whiteley Shopping to raise money for the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit at the Southampton General Hospital which is a cause very close to their hearts.

They raised £230 for the Southampton Hospital Charity.