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Welcome to our March Sound of Music feature by Simon Markland of Thame Music Academy - Look Local Magazine

Welcome to our March Sound of Music feature by Simon Markland of Thame Music Academy


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Welcome to our March 2020 Sound of Music feature – Happy New Year! Here you will find information on local musical events, upcoming concerts and where to find the best music tuition in the area.

Thame has a variety of fantastic opportunities for budding musicians who wish to join together with other like-minded people. From bands to choirs to bell ringing! We also host a huge variety of annual musical events.

Sunfest – Ickfords own Music Festival

This year The Rising Sun pub in Ickford along with Simon Markland from Thame Music Academy are proud to announce that Sunfest 2020 will be taking place on Saturday 27th June 2020!

Now in it’s fourth year this fantastic family friendly mini music festival has grown from strength to strength and is a fantastic day out for everyone! The main event takes place in the large beer garden at the rear of the pub with a marquee for live performances, a sheltered area for children and adults to get out of the sun, an array of play equipment including a playground and a fantastic selection of food and drink available at the outside bar and BBQ! Alongside this there will be family friendly stalls and activities for both children and adults alike to enjoy! Entry to the festival is free.

This year the live music will be kicking off from 2:00pm with a whole host of wonderful performances from local acoustic guitarists/singers/duos taking us all the way to 7:00pm. During the evening there will be three bands performing late into the early hours!

Updates and further information can be found via the ‘Sunfest’ Facebook page and The Rising Sun Ickford’s website.

If you would like further information please contact The Rising Sun, Ickford via:
Tel: 01844 339238  
Web: www.risingsunickford.co.uk    Facebook: Search ‘Sunfest Ickford

Village Voices, Towersey
Village Voices is a community singing group. They sing songs from many genres from all over the world including; traditional, folk, pop, ballads, gospel, jazz and blues. They practise the songs using ‘listening and copying’ techniques, simple rounds and chants to glorious harmony singing!

Sarah Westcott, the music director, also leads ‘Sounds Fun!’ community choir in Oxford and believes everyone can sing. All are welcome to join and the choir has singers of all ages and both male and female, though they could do with some more men! They have been running since 2009 and do perform at local events including; Towersey Festival, Towersey Fete and Christmas events in Oxford and Chinnor.

If you are interested in joining this fantastic local group they meet every Wednesday evening at Towersey Memorial Hall between 7:30pm – 9:30pm. The charge is £5.00 per week, £1.00 for students, and your first visit is free! The choir does take some breaks over the summer, Christmas, New Year and Easter.

For further information please contact the group via this e-mail address:
Email:
Villagevoices.towersey@gmail.com
or via their website:
www.villagevoicestowersey.com

Chinnor Folk Group

A monthly folk session started in Chinnor in April 2017 and has grown from strength to strength! The group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month, Chinnor Methodist Church, Station Road, Chinnor, OX39 4PZ from 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Cost is £4.00 per session/per person and includes refreshments!

Following a discussion with those who were interested, Paul Hardy’s tune book was chosen as a starting point because it can be displayed on the screen in the church or can be used on tablets or I-pads, for more information please contact the group.

A list of tunes to be played is circulated monthly to all members and there is time to choose tunes on the day.

Everyone is welcome – whatever level they play at! The group consists of people who enjoy and want to find out more about folk music, and also to improve their playing. Some people come to listen rather than play. Some come regularly and others occasionally.

Contact Liz Thorpe via 01844 351565 for more information.

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