ITV Meridian and Whiteley Primary School

On Wednesday 8th October 2014, we enjoyed a fun packed morning with both Whiteley Primary School and Amanda Piper from ITV Meridian.

We performed to a room full of delightful children who enjoyed listening to our set and then we took a workshop with some of their string players. Afterwards we performed the James Bond Theme tune with the young players. Some of the players had only been playing for 3 weeks. They did so well! We really enjoyed it.

Amanda Piper from ITV Meridian spent the morning with us as ITV wanted to show what we are doing in Schools across Hampshire, helping to inspire young people to start an instrument and then to keep practising!

The short ITV film also features our cellist, Debbie, as she battles against the effects of Cystic Fibrosis – the UK’s most common life-shortening inherited condition.   We really feel it is important to show to young people, that they can do anything and to try to not let anything get in their way!

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Cordelectra & Friends -15th August 2014

We had a great evening hosting our own concert at The Concorde Club in Eastleigh. We were joined by some great acts/musicians- Scarlett Soul, Steve Picken and Greg Felton.

We started with some Rocky Led Zeppelin continuing onto a James Bond set accompanied by projected pictures from the Bond films.  We then ended the night with the famous Robert miles piece ‘Children’ played with our amazing blue LED bows!

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Fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis at Whiteley Shopping

We enjoyed performing at Whiteley Shopping on Saturday 9th August.

We were performing as well as collecting money for the Southampton Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit – a charity very close to our hearts.  We also had the opportunity of chatting to some lovely people and selling our CDs.

Thank you Whiteley Shopping for having us!

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Performance in Germany

We enjoyed visiting Germany again for another performance.

We travelled out with Lufthansa Airlines on Tuesday 5th August – with our performance on the Wednesday then we returned on Thursday 7th August.  It was a tiring experience but we loved spending time together in Patricia’s home country!

A few drinks were consumed as well as late night kebab shop visits after our performance on the Wednesday!

Patricia had the job of lugging Debbie’s cello round the airports (we had four flights in total) and got used to tying in the cello to aeroplane seats!

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Wedding at Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu

We enjoyed performing at the beautiful Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu on Sunday 3rd August for a lovely couple at their wedding reception.

We played pieces such as Kashmir and Palladio as well as some modern pieces such as Lady Gaga’s Papparazi.

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Mary Rose Museum 30th July 2014

We were delighted to be asked by 8 Wealth Management to provide music for them at the Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth. We were so pleased to have Whiteley PA Systems there to look after our sound and lighting!

We started with an hours set of light classical music and then performed an electric set for the remainder of the evening. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and we were very well looked after.

Here below is a lovely testimonial from 8 Wealth management.

‘A huge thank you to Emma, Patricia and Debbie of Cordelectra for a fantastic performance at our event, held at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth.  We’ve had excellent feedback from our clients and their guests, who enjoyed your music and talent.’   Sue Jennings of 8 Wealth Management ltd.

 

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Poppy Appeal and Surprise Party!

Saturday 19th July gave us a busy day of gigs!  In the afternoon, Patricia was freelancing for a quartet in Arundel and Emma and Debbie had a duo performance at the Great Hall in Winchester for the Poppy Appeal.

photoWe then all headed to the ferry terminal in Portsmouth to go over to the Isle of Wight to open a surprise birthday party which was good fun! Sunday was a day of rest and recuperation ready to start another week of rehearsing, learning new music and planning!

 

 

 

Performance with Showcase Performance Company

We had such a good time performing with the Showcase Performance Company on Friday 18th July at The Central Hall, Southampton.

We performed with their movie orchestra pieces such as Kashmir, Live and Let Die and Jai Ho and then a couple of our pieces to backing track later on.   We then finished the concert with the Young Drummers of Showcase Performance Group who performed Robert Miles Children with us.

The concert was full of fantastic pyrotechnics, amazing staging and lighting and it was a pleasure to perform.

The young musicians worked so hard – it was lovely to see them perform!

Many thanks to our sound engineer Dave Johnson and Alex Pope, Director of Showcase Performance Company for inviting us to perform and for organising such a fantastic event!

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Meadowside Music Festival

We really enjoyed performing at Meadowside Music Festival on 12 July 2014!

The sun was shining and the place was full of lovely people.  It was a really well organised family event and we loved every minute.   There were so many different organisations down there, including Whiteley Church who had free children’s activities going on all day!

A special thanks goes to the organisers of the festival, Whiteley Town Council, who did a great job and looked after us really well.  And of course Sponsors – Whiteley Shopping.  We also want to thank Bernie and Whiteley PA System Hire for their fast work on getting our sound ready.  They worked very well under pressure!

We enjoyed performing a 20 minute set to the appreciative audience.  Some of their favourites were Live and Let Die and Children  – it is always great to have feedback on what the audience enjoy listening to most.

We are looking forward to another busy week and weekend with many rehearsals and performances!

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Performing at Whiteley Shopping

We really enjoyed performing at Whiteley Shopping yesterday (2nd July).   We were well looked after and the sun was shining!

We played an hour’s acoustic set, playing light classical, popular and jazz music to start with and then went on to our electric sets which included some James Bond numbers, Robert Miles Children and our newest piece in our set Feeling Good which Emma and Debbie performed as a duo for something different!  We had our fabulous sound man Ian with us too.  We are not sure how he manages to lug all the PA equipment around – there is so much involved and he does a great job.

Our fab violinist Emma

Our fantastic violinist Emma

We somehow managed to resist the temptation of going shopping afterwards, which was hard, especially for our violinist Emma who loves Joules -and we were playing just metres from their shop!

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Our amazing violist, Patricia

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Our brilliant cellist, Debbie