Report by Mr Roberts
Last week, Cornwall Music Education Hub held their prestigious Hub Sounds showcase at the Hall For Cornwall in Truro. The show featured a wide variety of Cornwall’s top young musical talent, with everything from jazz bands and orchestras to junk bands and ukulele groups taking the stage.
MBA was represented by not one but two performances at the show, with both Emma Eddy and the Mini Band Mixx primary band being invited to perform.
We all arrived at the venue in the afternoon and sound-checked on the stage with the crew, which included friend of Mounts Bay, Martin Stansbury. After flawless rehearsals of both performances we had a little break, and then reconvened to watch the first half of the show.
At the interval we all made our way back stage to our dressing room, and got prepped. In what felt like only a few minutes we were called down to the side of the stage ready to go on!
First up was Emma Eddy. Emma’s been really busy with her band Eleventh Hour this year but has started branching out into solo performances, and this was her biggest solo show (so far!) She sat at the Hall’s lovely grand piano and performed Noel Gallagher’s “Half The World Away”. It was a stunningly beautiful performance which drew a huge reaction from the audience, and for me (obviously I’m slightly biased” it was the highlight of the show. Emma worked really hard to get ready for the performance and we’re all massively proud of her.
As Emma walked off stage the curtains raised to reveal Mini Band Mixx set up and ready to rock! The Mini Band Mixx project has been running since November last year, and has brought together musicians from across our feeder primary schools into one band. The band have even written their own song, The Song Song!
The project has been led with the help of Silver Arts Award Students Brody Barden and Alice Thacker, and at this show they led the performance on stage.
The band were fantastic, and the song featured a big fat drum beat from 8 year old Jack Jeffery, riffs and solos from guitarists Sid Lewis, Eliot Oakley and Bernie Shilson, (who also wrote the lyrics), rumbling bass grooves from Finlay Stephens, Jools Holland style (but better) piano from Nat Thompson and a Jethro Tull style vocal and flute combo from Annie Rees
The performance drew massive cheers from the crowd and everyone went off stage with a massive smile on their face, and lots of high fives!
Brody and Alice were absolutely brilliant, not just leading the performance on stage but in being brilliant leaders with the children backstage and keeping everyone focussed and relaxed, and we’ve had lots of comments from other schools this week congratulating them on their’s and Emma’s brilliance.
Thank you to all of the parents, supporters and the children themselves, and massive massive well done to Alice, Brody and Emma.
I’m looking forward to going again next year!