Noticeboard: 14th June 2019
  • It's Feltonbury on Saturday June 22. (You can't have missed that!). See the the final line up here.

  • Three Felton Music groups who mainly play for fun are taking to the stage – MadriGals and Fingers Adrift kick off the day at the church with a short concert of  early 16th century music, and All Blown Out share lovely tunes from the 1940s at the end of the afternoon. You can sing along with those if you've still got a voice after joining in with The Sound of Music at 3.45. Lots of people involved with Felton Music are singing and playing together with friends from the village and beyond, ensuring there is something for everyone. Looking forward to seeing you around!

  • The next Music Saturday is coming up on July 6. Click here to find out what we did last time and what's planned for this. Ukuleles are taking a two month break, but everything else is going on as usual – and the final session will re-enact the music at a Swedish Wedding!

  • You may have noticed a whole new page on the website. Visit the Learning Section. Over time this will contain lots of information and materials for those seeking to improve their skills and understanding in music. At present, there's just one set of downloadable materials, designed to help people get started. Take a look see what you think. What would you like to see there? https://www.feltonmusic.co.uk/felton-music-downloadable-resources

  • Last chance to log your interest in a coach trip to Edinburgh during festival time. Make contact quickly so we can find a compatible date. For more information about the festivals: https://www.eif.co.uk/
    https://www.edfringe.com/experience/programme-order

Emma George
Noticeboard 29th May
  • There's lots of music going on in the area this summer and it would be a pity if people miss out on something they'd have enjoyed. If there's an event you think should go on the calendar, do email the details through.

  • Do you know anyone who would like to have a domestic sized church organ? It could suit someone who wants to practise at home or a church that needs an instrument. Electric. Two keyboards and foot pedals.  44” wide x 36” high x 24” deep. Elka, Model E39. Free to a good home, but you need to be able to move it in one piece. Please email quickly to avoid it ending up at the tip, which would be very sad.

  • The next Music Saturday is coming up on June 8. Click here to find out what we did last time and here for what's planned for this. July's Music Saturday will be a week earlier than usual – on July 6. This because Felton Fair is on July 13. If you haven't been to one yet, or recently, we'd love to see you.

  • There are opportunities for recorder players whatever their level. Fingers Adrift continue to meet on a variety of Friday evenings. Some new, structured sessions for those who want to play for improvement and enjoyment are about to start. And, if you'd like to have a go at playing the recorder, we can run a course. Find out more on the Ensembles page.

  • The Edinburgh Fringe Festival programme launches on June 5 and the International Festival programme is already available. Loads of wonderful performances to suit everyone's taste and pocket. For the last two years some of us have gone up by coach for a day. If you think you'd like to join in this year, email now! For more information about the festivals: https://www.eif.co.uk/ https://www.edfringe.com/experience/programme-order

  • There's a very exciting learning opportunity available if you've the motivation and time to progress your practical skills. Trinity Laban (formerly Trinity College) a major performing arts institution, is working with the Open University to offer a one year course: The Practice of Music Making. It's an OU level 3 certificate course. Online  with one residential week it's doable wherever you live. And it's open to everyone regardless of their age, prior musical experience, skills in music or genre. Visit https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/music/certificate-the-practice-of-music-making to find out about it. Closing date August 28. Felton Music will do all it can to support anyone taking the course with appropriate music making opportunities. It would be great if someone gave this a go!

Emma George
Feltonbury 2019 - It’s getting close and we are ready for another great event!

Each year people ask, “What is Feltonbury about”? And where do the donations go?

They go to ‘The Plot’, the ‘Community Allotment and Shed in Felton and Thirston’ located on Recreation Lane, which was established 5 years ago to create a local space where residents – young and old, regardless of health, impairments or disability – could contribute to community cohesion through inter-generational gardening activity. Essential costs such as liability insurance and site purchases are required – so we created ‘Feltonbury’ as a fund-raising initiative.

Examples of what ‘The Plot’ is doing include using last year’s donations to add easy-access footpaths, provide secure tool storage and a composting toilet – essential in encouraging Felton and Thirston’s youngest (and not so!) residents to join in the delights of planting their own seeds and watching them grow.

This year’s event, in addition to the known artists and musicians, we are introducing new features to keep the annual Music and Arts ‘Festival-In-A-Day’ up to date.

Established acts and performers, such as KEVI's Youth Jazz Band, rock group ‘Parker’s Band’ and ‘Swap the Dog’, who play a range of folk tunes and Americana, all return alongside other ‘Feltonbury’ regulars of ‘Sing-A-Long-A-Sound-Of-Music’, Mad Hattie and the Eclectic Guitarist, a jazz duo opening the ‘Great American Song Book’, Andy Craig, ‘All Blown Out’, Tom O'Donnell, a valued folk singer/composer/guitarist and Lydia (together with Alastair), …..and others more make their welcome return to Feltonbury.

Newcomers, including ‘Cows Lying Down’, a Newcastle-based five piece band playing original pop-rocky-folky tunes, ‘Here2Day’ and ‘Traced’, Blyth-based groups playing contemporary acoustic-style ‘standards’,all of whom have heard and want to perform, mean that the event is growing and maturing.

The hugely successful ‘Arts Trail’ directly complements the music with local artists opening their homes for viewings throughout the village, in St Michael’s Church and in Gallery 45 (which will host both musicians and artists). The ‘Art Trail’ venues run 'side-by-side' with the music and the dedicated 'trail map' provides excellent directions to the various arts and music venues.

Noticeboard 14th April
  • Enjoy Breton music and dance in Newton on the Moor on Thursday April 18. Workshop and dance / concert. See the calendar for the information

  • Our Gilbert and Sullivan weekend workshop is coming up at the end of the month. Do come and enjoy seeing and hearing what we've managed to put together in a very short space of time, when we present a run through of “Iolanthe” at 3pm on Sunday April 28 in Felton Village Hall. It'll take about an hour and admission is free. Maybe we can tempt you to take part next year.

  • On May 4th many of us will be at the Village Hall remembering Bob George and celebrating his life with music and conviviality. It's wear something pink, but, sadly, if you haven't already got a ticket you are probably not able to come along – every seat is full.

  • There's no Regency Ball this year – we want to keep things a bit varied, but we're looking at organising a le Ceildih-come-Cabaret in the early autumn. French folk dances – easy to learn and enjoy and various spots with a French theme. Bring your own baguette. More information soon.

  • Drop In Singing moves to its summer pattern in May. We'll be meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month until September when get-togethers are weekly again. Check out the calendar for topics and to confirm the dates.

  • Remember that the calendar summarises what's happened at each Music Saturday session and includes suggestions for what you might prepare for next time.

  • Hazel Metherell is exploring the possibility of setting up a Dance Club. This is not a class, but a chance to share knowledge with each other about all sorts of different types of dance. She'd love it if musicians were an integral part of the process – and of course you might be a dancing musician. Maybe a new dance piece created in conversation with the music. It sounds very exciting - collaborative and creative, and will be accessible to all, whatever their abilities. At the moment she's trying to find out who's interested before going on to seek when it could happen. Interested? If you don't have Hazel's contact details, email felton4music@gmail.com and I'll put you in touch with her.

Emma George
Noticeboard 27 March
  • Let’s talk about brain cells! The latest research tells us that we go on growing new ones throughout life, unless we are unfortunate enough to develop Alzheimers. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-019-0375-9

  • It's not too late to join the team for Iolanthe, Felton Music's Gilbert and Sullivan In A Weekend at the end of April. Meet everyone on Friday evening and meet the challenge of putting together an informal show on Sunday afternoon. Sing lots or just a little, solos or one of the crowd, read a part, offer ideas or just be around.

  • Music Saturday on April 13, starting with Sight Singing and wrapping up with Swedish Folk Music. Details of what will be happening in each session is on the calendar.

  • MadriGals will soon be meeting up again for their summer season. This time we're going to take our singing to different places to sing for our own pleasure. Rehearsals on Sunday evenings to learn a small repertoire in 2 and 3 parts. Women's voices. Details soon on the website.

  • Module 1 of the revised Music Literacy Course has almost finished. 16 people have attended 3 sessions and practised at home, getting much better at pitching notes and doing more than one thing at a time. It looks as though Module 2 will run soon. Check out the information on the website for more details

    Make contact if you are interested in any of the modules.

  • Click on any Drop In Singing date on the calendar to see what that weeks theme theme is going to be

Emma George
Feltonbury Update - March

The first 'on-line' planning meeting was held earlier this month confirming that the proven format of previous years and various feedback comments will be added to 'Feltonbury2019'. 

Slots are staring to fill in the timetable - get in touch soon if you want to be involved.

As in previous years we are planning several venues
a) The Bridge
b) Felton Village Hall
c) Gallery 45 (indoors)
d) Gallery 45 Courtyard
e) Gallery 45 'Long Room'
f) The Old Bank and, this year
g) in a 'bell-tent venue' on 'The Plot' - the Community Allotment space. The Foxes Den is a new venue and we will also discuss the best way to use the Northumberland Arms - inside and/or outside.

'The Bridge' is an ideal focal point in the village and there have had great performances there in the rain, wind - and most effectively in the hot sunshine. The Gallery45 Courtyard is a great venue as is the Long Room directly above it- but we will make sure that there is no clash of music schedules.

We have high expectations of 'The Plot' - but it is going to need some effort to make it what we are after. All of the outdoor venues are heavily dependent on good weather but, as in previous years, we will have wet-weather alternatives in place for each outdoor venue as a 'back-up' plan.

The ‘Stag Head Beer Tent’ in Gallery 45 Courtyard proved to be a significant success and will be repeated; however, minor amendments will be introduced to ensure that all musical performances get a ‘fair hearing’ - i.e. we won't have conflict between the Long Room and the Courtyard - and we will endeavour to make sure that Courtyard performers are listened to.

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Noticeboard 21st February
  • Two great join in and sing opportunities are coming to the village. On Saturday February 23, Felton Film Club is presenting an ABBA double bill at the Village Hall. The first film starts at 6 pm and the second at 8.30. The words are on screen, so it's easy to sing along and everyone is welcome. The Flying Fryer will be outside, so you can fortify yourself at the interval, and the bar is open throughout. £3 if you want to come to one film, £5 for both. What a bargain! Pay at the door.

  • On the morning of Saturday March 2 it's all our own work – “Guys and Dolls” is our musical in a morning. 9.30 – 12.30. £5 each. At the Village Hall as usual. If you don't know what we do, take a look at the Musical in a Morning page.

  • Ensuring you don't get withdrawal symptoms facing a Saturday without music – March 9 is the next Music Saturday. Click here for more details about what we'll be doing. There's a new workshop – An Introduction to Swedish Music with Chris Metherell. 3.30 – 5pm. Suitable for any instruments. Give it a go! (Village Hall yet again).

  • The Iolanthe scores have arrived! Our 4th Gilbert and Sullivan in a Weekend workshop starts on the evening of Friday 26 April. Email now to book your place. See the Gilbert and Sullivan page for more information.

  • Click on any Drop In date on the calendar to see what the theme is going to be.

  • Numbers visiting the Felton Music Facebook page are increasing. Hazel Makepeace has kindly started this and keeps it up to date. If you haven't taken a look yet, it's www.facebook.com/groups/2301881236700497.

Emma George