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Rest home residents invited to music school concert
A group of music students ranging in age from five to 71 will be putting on a special Christmas concert for the community in Tamworth, Staffordshire. The 15 saxophone and clarinet students from the McAusland Music School will be showcasing their talents at Wilnecote Parish Hall on Saturday 7 December from 1.30pm to 4pm. And as an early Christmas treat, the students have invited residents from the neighbouring Wilnecote Rest Home to enjoy some festive music, free of charge. McAusland Music is run by saxophone and clarinet teacher, Alison McAusland, who said: "This year, McAusland Music is spreading the Christmas spirit among the local community by inviting our local elderly residents to join us for a festive afternoon of music and refreshments. By encouraging everyone to do more in their communities, we can break down the perceived barriers between old and young, help people stay active and remain part of their community for as long as possible."
McAusland Music to perform special Christmas concert
The concert will include ensemble and duet performances from the students who will be performing traditional Christmas carols and popular Christmas music, as well as exam pieces they are working on for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. The Christmas concert is one of two annual performance opportunities organised by McAusland Music to give its students the chance to share their music in public. Alison, who is currently part of the postgraduate jazz department at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, added: "The students are excited about the performance, but also quite nervous! Performing to others gives a new purpose to their hard work and it's a celebration of all their effort and success." Saxophonist Jonathan Nason, aged 71, has been having lessons with Alison for 16 months. He said: "The fun, excitement and anticipation of playing with others on our musical journeys means a great deal to me. Playing live music is always something I have wanted to do. You're never too old to get started and the buzz is something else. It is, quite simply, an amazing experience."
Alison, a mum of two and former classroom teacher, set up McAusland Music in 2017 with a mission to make learning a musical instrument more affordable and more accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. Tickets for the Christmas concert are just £6.50 for adults and £5 for children, including refreshments, and can be purchased online via www.mcauslandmusic.com/christmas-concert-2019, or by calling Alison on 07793 112713.