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Pro Patria December 2010

Pro Patria was a huge success. Kennet School in Thatcham was the scene of World War One for two evenings! As the audience entered the car park they could hear the Last Post being played at the Cenotaph which had all the World War One role call of all the local area written upon it. Once into the hall there was total chaos as wounded soldiers were rushed to the portable hospital on stretches and doctors and nurses were trying to cope as yet another air raid was sounded. The audience were rushed though into a bunker and then onto their seats where they could await the performance amid casualties and wheelchair patients. A dramatic start to an hour of total absorption. There was never a dull moment as the music went from spectacular ‘call up to fight’ to almost sacred beauty. The drama was unveiled with flags, dance and words from real events as well as poetry. One of the moving moments was the reading of Cyrus Thatcher’s letter. Cyrus was killed last year in Afghanistan and it brought war into the ‘today’. Although sad and moving the overall feeling was one of huge warmth for fellow humans with gratitude and honour. The music was sensational and both nights were a sell out. The Kennet School choir (alongside Enharmonic) and drama department gave a wonderful performance and must be congratulated on their interpretation of this work.

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Grape Test Results

We conducted an informal experiment to test the hypothesis that music has an effect upon taste. At a recent choral concert the audience members were given a frozen grape to eat while I talked to them. Later in the programme they were given another and told to eat it when some music began (Mozart’s “Ave Verum”). Later still in the programme the experiment was repeated whilst Vivaldi’s “Gloria” was sung.

The results clearly showed that people enjoyed the grapes more while music was playing. (The number of people scoring a 4 for sweetness rose by 33% from grape 1 to grape 2) The number of people prepared to score a 5 for sweetness rose by 200% from grape 1 to grape 2 (and increased further for grape 3). Furthermore the number of people who rated sharpness as 1 fell by 14% for grape 2 and a further 10% for grape 3. One of the score cards had a comment written on it “It is so maddening. I know that all the grapes are the same but they genuinely do taste sweeter with music playing!”

Enharmonic First Concert

Enharmonic first concertWell done to everyone who participated in the concert, it was a great success. You can visit the pictures page for some pictures from the concert, if you have any more that you would like to share then please feel free to email them to us. We also have two reviews, one from the Newbury Weekly News and an audience review.

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We thought that you might like to know a little bit about us! We have been married for 31 years and have 3 grown up children and 1 grandchild.

Daniel has always taught music and together  for 7 years we ran the Music Department at Elstree School until deciding to teach and run course from home a few years ago..Originally Sandra trained as a nurse and was a Theatre Sister (many years ago now!).

Daniel teaches the piano mostly but also music theory, A Level and GCSE music. He also plays the organ and runs Enharmonic Choir. Currently he is also working in the Downs School helping with their A Level Music.

Sandra helps with all the above as well as teaching singing and piano. Until just recently (for almost 20 years) was Chair of Directors of the Kennet School Academies Trust and is now starting to enjoy having a little more time for her love of art and cooking!

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