80th Anniversary celebrations and Bella Tromba
April 23rd, 2022. Review by Ian Barras-Hill.
A true milestone was reached when our members, invited guests and the Mayor of Haywards Heath gathered on Saturday April 23rd to mark this amazing anniversary of the Haywards Heath
Music Society at St Wilfrid's church Centenary Hall followed by a special concert by the all-female trumpet quartet Bella Tromba.
Birthday cake and fizz were served to over 80 in attendance with speeches by Howard Mundin, the Mayor of Haywards Heath and eminent tenor and musicologist Neil Jenkins, President of the society (pictured cutting the cake, right). The U3A Recorder Consort, led by Christine Colbourne, - Descant, Treble, Tenor and Bass - played short selections of music to honour Shakespeare's 458th birthday.
Founded in 1941 by Gertrude Lampson the HH Music Society has organised music recitals in the town and the surrounding area, bringing much needed and affordable live music to Mid
Sussex from September to April each year.
Classical, jazz, choral, musicals - a full range of music styles is offered by the society, displaying the talents of gifted young professional musicians, both aspiring and established, many of whom go on to pursue international careers such as clarinetist Emma Johnson, Scottish virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie, Julian Lloyd
Webber, BBC Young Musician of 2012 cellist Laura van der Heijden and in 2021 BBC Proms piano soloist Pavel Kolesnikov.
The society is particularly pleased to host the annual Young Musicians Showcase in March where young talent from local schools in the area share a
platform to play their best. Concerts are held in the impressive surroundings of St Wilfrid's Church, offering beautiful acoustics and ambience, or in the more intimate atmosphere of the Methodist Church in Haywards Heath.
That evening the young virtuosi Bella Tromba - Jo, Emma, Katie, and Imogen - dazzled us with their upbeat trumpet versions of Bizet's Carmen, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and a
medley of jazz standards including I Got Rhythm, On the Sunny Side of the Street, My Funny Valentine and the foot stomping Bugle Call Rag. Bella Tromba are a unique trumpet quartet
who have performed chamber music extensively in the UK and abroad, at many music and outdoor festivals. They have been particularly active in the commissioning and performance of
Their background has been as regular trumpet players for orchestras such as the LSO, Britten Sinfonia and the English National Ballet. They played works by Bizet, Erik Satie,
Enescu, Clara Schumann and Tchaikovsky in the first half of their concert and unique arrangements of jazz standards, folk tunes and favourites from musicals after the interval.
Other than Gershwin, we were introduced to works by lesser known composers Margaret Bonds, Henri Tomasi, Jimmy McHugh and Jack Pettis and Emma delighted us on bass trumpet with a
beautiful Cornish tune "Sweet Nightingale" played in a softer, lyrical style. The girls deft interweaving of bright harmonies amongst their different pitched trumpets was delivered with
force and clarity throughout and each piece was applauded vigorously by the audience.
We all left St Wilfrid's church humming and happy on this very special anniversary occasion!