Heart of England Recorder Orchestra

HEART OF ENGLAND RECORDER ORCHESTRA

Saturday October 13th at 7.30pm

Tickets £7.00.  School age children free

Proceeds to Organ Fund and choir expenses.

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Michelle Holloway – Conductor

Michelle moved to Birmingham in 2006 to further her studies in Recorders at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where she gained a First Class Honours degree under the tuition of Ross Winters and Annabel Knight. During this time, Michelle also studied with Bart Coen and Peter de Clercq at the

Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels after gaining a place on the Erasmus exchange programme.

Whilst in her second year of study, Michelle became one of the youngest students to win the Birmingham Conservatoire Recorder Prize and was also a finalist in the Doris Newton Club Prize.

Currently, Michelle keeps her wide-ranging ‘recorder fix’ by playing with the early music group K’antu Ensemble (with whom she has played live on BBC Radio 3’s programme ‚In Tune”), the Birmingham based 6-piece folk band, The Bonfire Radicals  and the contemporary ensemble Decibel. Michelle has performed in venues up and down the country, including King’s Place and the Cadogan Hall in London, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, and a variety of folk clubs and festivals. Additionally, she has recently completed a European tour of Sebastian Mattias’ Danserye, a music and dance collaboration based on the work of the same name by the Renaissance composer Tielman Susato.

Michelle also has a passion for music education and music in the community. She is experienced in a wide range of environments: from Early Years settings to song-writing in mental health settings. She is also a recorder and woodwind teacher for the Birmingham Music Service. In September 2011, she was appointed conductor of the Birmingham Schools’ Recorder Sinfonia, and she became conductor of the HERO in September 2014.

 

The Heart of England Recorder Orchestra

HERO was formed over 25 years ago and has since become a well-established and respected recorder orchestra.  Every size of recorder is played from the tiny sopranino to the mighty contra bass standing at over 6 foot tall!

HERO comprises semi-professional players and enthusiastic amateurs alike, ranging in age from teenagers to those who would prefer not to say!  All members have the same objective – to create and perform high quality music.  Each year the orchestra performs in two to three concerts throughout the Midlands, playing a wide range of music which varies in period and style, with arrangements of well-known music as well as new compositions written specifically for recorder orchestra, and often gives world premieres. In so doing the orchestra has introduced many people to the remarkable sound of a full recorder orchestra.

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RAINBOWS SLEEPOVER

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We had 16 Rainbows and Brownies at the sleepover on February 17th 2018 and 4 leaders. This time it was only Radford Road Rainbows and Brownies as work commitments made it impossible for the Dale St leaders to be present.

We began our activities with a construction project. The girls made a den out of cardboard tubes and then developed their own ideas using cardboard, based on a winter theme.

The winter Olympics event was much in the forefront of their minds as the girls made a bobsled and proceeded to race it round the hall.

We went to bed around 10pm but in the strange environment some of the girls struggled to get to sleep. The leaders went to bed before they all settled!

On Sunday it was an early start with the first girls waking about 6am although the leaders tried to stay in bed until 7.30am.

We did craft activities before the Church service. It was lovely to see five girls make their Rainbow promise in front of the congregation on Sunday morning and I think the enthusiasm with which all the Rainbows  answered the questions from the minister showed they had enjoyed themselves.

It was a great sleepover with the girls keen to help with all the tasks and to look out for each other.

Bridget

 

John Calvin Lecture

A Lecture about John Calvin: 

Sinner or Saint?

 

At Radford Road Church

Saturday 17th February 2018 3pm – 5pm

 

Following our “500 years of the Reformation” lecture and discussion on the legacy of Martin Luther and the history of the Protestant Reformation, Radford Road Church hosted a further talk about the life of John Calvin, the man who did as much as any other to forge the theology of the Reformation.

About 20 people met at Radford Road Church on Saturday 17th February at 3pm to hear a well researched lecture presented by the Revd. James Church about John Calvin. They heard of his life, beliefs and his legacy, and they also shared fellowship over refreshments. 

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