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AND ALL THAT JAZZ – May 2017
The penultimate concert of the season saw Fret & Fiddle Jazz Quartet rock St Laurence Church with ‘Jazz & Fizz’. A departure from classical music, this reflects the different genres we feel compelled to offer our enlightened audience. And so appreciative they were too, with a standing ovation for Sally Minchin and the band.

Fret & Fiddle, LtoR – Simon Smith,
Sally Minchin, Rich Hughes and Andy Bole
Marian Barwell/TMS chair congratulating Sally
Mysie Raine/patrons sec. with TMS Patrons
– pics: Keith Woolford


YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SHOWCASE 10TH ANNIVERSARY – March 2017

TMS Music Director Nic Fallowfield with this years performers
– pic: Colin Butterworth

A SEASON OF TWO HALVES – March 2017
Now half way through the current series of concerts, be sure to book your tickets in good time. Three stunning evenings are ahead as good examples of the variety of music genres offered by TMS.

And, advance purchases are guaranteed a seat and a special discount to boot – click here or contact Marian here.


FROM BOOGIE TO BACH – March 2017
To miss our April First concert would be foolish indeed. Guest performer, Anthony Thompson, has selected a veritable spectrum of 15 musical instruments, including some very unusual, to blow your mind. Along with our own Nic Fallowfield, they have produced an extraordinary programme of work to enthral, enlighten and entertain the audience.

Here is a personal message from Anthony from his Top Secret Underground Storehouse Musical Lair…


A LOVE STORY THROUGH MUSIC – March 2017
Our very own resident quartet Tedesca and guest pianist Charles Matthews gave a wonderful performance based on the tangled emotions between Mr & Mrs Schumann and their close friend Brahms.
Charles Matthews and Tedseca take a bow
– pic: Colin Butterworth

FUNDRAISING QUIZ – February 2017
Question Master Simon Raine assisted by Mysie Raine did a brilliant job presenting rounds covering a wide variety of subjects that appealed to the range of ages from 20 to 80. Twelve teams enjoyed a mentally challenging evening with friendly company, good fish and chips from The Tudor Rose Alvechurch, and a well stocked bar.
Annual Quiz & Supper Evening
Mid-point break

Simon & Mysie Raine asking the questions
– pics: Colin Butterworth
Our grateful thanks to Simon and Mysie, all who helped and in particular everyone who entered for creating an evening of fun and fund raising. The excellent raffle prizes generously donated by:
The Red Lion, Alvechurch
Cafe Morso and Wine Bar, Alvechurch
The Nursery Shop Florist, Redditch
Imagination Hair and Nail Salon, Alvechurch


CANDLELIGHT CONCERT A BLAZING SUCCESS! – December 2016
A packed candelit St Laurence Church was enthralled by the beautiful music performed by the orchestra under the baton of new Music Director, Nic Fallowfield. During the interval of mince pies and mulled wine in The Ark, the audience received a surprise visit from Father Christmas.
Marian Barwell, TMS Chair, wanted a skateboard
Committee members take a break
Santa with long-term TMS supporter, Bryan Erasmus
– pics: Simon Woolford


CHRISTMAS IS COMING… – November 2016
Tickets to one or more of our wonderful concerts could make a welcome present for loved ones, family and friends.
Follow this link to our booking page for that special gift they will remember.

Shhh, you know who…
– pic: Keith Woolford


A WARM WELCOME CONCERT – October 2016
A most enjoyable concert when the Tedesca was introduced as the Midland Sinfonia resident quartet and core of the orchestra’

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Tedesco take a bow
– pic: Colin Butterworth

A WARM WELCOME – October 2016
Just two weeks to 22 October, start of our 21st season and Nic Fallowfield’s first concert as Music Director of the Midland Sinfonia.

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Marian Barwell and Nic Fallowfield
– pic: Keith Woolford

RICHARD LAING BIDS FOND FAREWELL – June 2016
Our outgoing music director, Richard Laing, gave his final concert in the last of the 2015/16 season’s offerings.

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Richard receives a bouquet from The Midland Sinfonia chair, Marian Barwell.
– pic: Keith Woolford
An upbeat programme began with the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and concluded with Mozart’s Symphony no.29. In between, we were treated with two other symphonies and Mozart’s splendid horn concerto performed by CBSOs magnificent Elspeth Dutch. Appropriately, Haydn was well represented with a rare outing of his Symphony no.67 – a truly wonderful work reflecting the early years of TMS under the baton of Nigel Morely.

Richard has served more that 15 years years with the orchestra – the last decade as its music director and principal conductor. An emotionally-charged finale and fitting tribute to his contribution and dedication.


TMS ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON CONCERT DATES – June 2016

As we prepare for the final concert of the current season, advance notice of the coming series have been made available.

Sunday 22 October 2016 – concert
Friday 2 December 2016– candlelit concert
Saturday 4 February 2017– annual quiz evening
Saturday 4 March 2017– concert
Sunday 19 March 2017– Young Musicians’ Showcase
Saturday 1 April 2017– concert
Saturday 6 May 2017– concert
Saturday 17 June 2017– concert part of Bromsgrove Festival
Tickets go on sale 1 September 2016 via the booking page.


TMS AT THE PICNIC IN THE PARK – May 2016
TMS once again shared a stand with Alvechurch Village Society for this years Picnic in the Park, held to celebrate May Day. Although a cold day, plenty of people attended to enjoy the activities.
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Elizabeth and Mysie are given black looks by a Morris Man and Mysie gets her own back on Simon!
– pic: Keith Woolford

The young winner of the ‘Name the Instrument’ quiz held at our stand will receive a pair of tickets to a TMS concert of her choice.


PERFORMERS OF DISTINCTION – May 2016
Six exceptionally-talented musicians appeared together to perform four works  by composers Mozart, Schubert and Schoenberg.

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Vanessa Murby, Adrain Turner, Richard Laing, David Le Page,
Rowena Calvert and Richard Jenkinson – pic: Colin Butterworth
This was Richard’s penultimate appearance with TMS in his role as Music Director for the last 10 years.


THE ENIGMA STRING QUARTET – April 2016
Always welcome guest players and a great attraction to those in the know. Offering a Spanish themed ‘Viva La Musica!’ concert, we were treated to no less than 12 wonderful pieces plus a well deserved encore.

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Caroline Bodimead, Charlotte Beresford, Ellen Brookes & Elizabeth Garside
– pic: Keith Woolford
The girls had just finished a UK tour and were delighted, as will be seen above, with their triumphant return to Alvechurch with all those friendly faces. The Ark played host to a packed audience who also enjoyed the special refreshments of Sangria and Tapas. Ole!


THE ‘PARATINI ENSEMBLE’ VISIT SPONSOR – March 2016
As a thank you to one of our long-standing sponsors, TMS chair Marian Barwell took members of the Parratini Ensemble for an afternoon of live music at Burcot Grange Residential Home. The players were Peter Jackson/cello, Mary Wright/flute and Margaret Harper/keyboard.
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Peter, Marian, Mary and Margaret – pic: Keith Woolford

The packed lounge heard pieces from the early Baroque period, with the likes of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, through to more modern offerings like Danny Boy. There was even an impromptu ‘Happy Birthday’ serenade to one lucky resident!


9th YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SHOWCASE – February 2016 concert
Our Young Musicians Showcase was another great success with 15 youngsters, singing, playing the violin and the piano. This year was a first for YMS with 11-year-old Eliott Penn-Ashman from Alvechurch Middle School playing the drums!

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The 2016 YMS performers – pic: Keith Woolford

We are always very encouraged by the generous feedback from the players, parents and teachers who say how beneficial the experience of playing before a live and appreciative audience is for all the young players.


HOLBORNE BRASS ENSEMBLE – February 2016 concert
Once again the musicians gave a professional and talented performance. A varied and entertaining programme was much appreciated by lovers of brass and members of the audience who just came ‘to try’ something different.
Judging by the favourable comments and requests for their return, I believe HBE have some new followers and brass enthusiasts!


GREAT NEW SEASON START – November 2015 fundraiser

The Fundraising Quiz and Supper evening on Friday 6 November went brilliantly raising in excess of £700 for the orchestra.
To everyone who attended, we hope you enjoyed the lively evening and thank you very much for your support.


 CELEBRITY CELEBRATION – June 2015 concert
“… it was a superb concert…”, a fitting end to another glorious programme of concerts for the 2014/15 season.
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Another series of concerts comes to a close with some very special players performing works by Strauss, Bruch and Mendelssohn. Part of the 2015 Bromsgrove Festival programme of events.


Additional concert for The Midland Sinfonia
Soiree at Hanbury –
Friday 12 June 2015 (part of the Bromsgrove Festival)


TMS IN THE PARK! – May 2015 event
We were delighted to have participate in the annual Alvechurch Picnic in the Park held Sunday of the May Bank Holiday.
TMS picnic stand 2 WEB may 2015
L-R: Marian Barwell, Simon and Mysie Raine – pic: Keith Woolford

It’s a chance to advertise the concerts we have during the year and to encourage new audience members. After the dismal forecasts for rain throughout the day, we were lucky to have just a couple of showers with the the event was very well attended. There were many stalls showcasing the variety of organisations here in the village and the day was packed with a cross section of events. Not least, in the next field the Guinness World Record for teddy bears in a row inspired by local lad, Finlay Church.


APPASIONATA REHEARSAL FILM – May 2015 concert
“…something very enjoyable and worthwhile.”

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A delightful concert of harp and flute was held in The Ark by Rachel Holt and Anna Christensen. Here is a short impromptu film of the afternoon rehearsal by Robert Webster.


Additional concert for The Midland Sinfonia
Soiree at Hanbury Friday 12 June – as part of the Bromsgrove Festival


ENIGMA STRING QUARTET STRIKE THE CHORD! – April 2015 concert
The return of our favourite foursome was undeniably a splendid success. The large, appreciate audience enjoyed the vast mix of film music – a real hit with every one.
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The girls produced a marvellous atmosphere in the packed Ark, which lends itself well to such a concert, and we look forward to all the new faces in the audience returning for the remainder of the season and into the next.


TWO CONCERTS A REAL TREAT – March 2015

Offering the audience a different sound to the usual keyboard, percussion and strings combo was the Holborne Brass Ensemble who gave us a most entertaining evening. As one of our Patrons enthusiastically commented “if you missed them you missed a treat!”
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The following weekend saw the venue given over to those just starting out on their musical path. Now in its 8th year, a delightful Sunday afternoon was spent listening to the Young Musicians’ Showcase.

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A mix of differing ages, disciplines and abilities made for a warmly received and well supported concert. We are most grateful to the piano accompanists.


TRIUMPHAL FINALE – June 2015
As part of the Bromsgrove Festival, our celebrity players performed our final concert of the season to a resounding success. A ‘Midsummer Chamber Concert’ closed another programme of varied and enjoyable offerings with another Celebrity Chamber Concert.
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Ann Beilby and Richard Jenkinson – pic: Colin Butterworth

CANDLELIT CONCERT A BLAZING SUCCESS – December 2014
Our annual festive concert held in St Laurence Church was warmly received by the large audience. Flickering lights welcomed regulars, sponsors and many new faces to this inviting venue.

Patrons and Sponsors enjoyed a special pre-concert reception as a thank you from the trustees for their support of the orchestra. Interval mulled wine with mince pies allowed a relax chat with the musicians before the delightful second half begun.

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MyDonate supporters
To everyone who has donated via BT MyDonate – very many thanks for your support.
We are unable to thank you personally as all the donations are made anonymously.


Summer Garden Party
The Trustees enjoying the summer sun during the Annual TMS Social. A well deserved break having put the final touches to the new season.

TMS summer garden party 31-8-14 WEB KL-R : Margaret Blunden, Sarah Carless, Sue Peters,
Marian Barwell, Mysie Raine, Elizabeth Waters and Simon Raine


New TMS trustee
We are pleased to announce that Sue Peters has became a member of TMS board following her election as a trustee at our recent AGM.
Sue has had a long interest in music, particularly classical, and is active in the community promoting the arts. This year, she was nominated in the Bromsgrove District Council’s new Spirit of Bromsgrove Awards in the arts category for the most promising individual newcomer. We believe that Sue will be a real asset to TMS helping it move forward.


New TMS booking service…
Regular and new audience members are always welcome at our concerts – and we have just launched a new booking facility via this website – just click on the link to the right, complete the form for your chosen concert! Simples.
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Can you help with any of the following…
We may have some very talented musicians, but we are looking for your assistance in certain supportive aspects of the orchestra – can you help in any of the following:

  • PHOTOGRAPHY – We would like to start a photographic record library of each of the concerts we hold and to be used for publicity purposes
  • INTERVAL REFRESHMENTS – a necessary & enjoyable part of the TMS experience!
  • PUBLICITY – delivery of programmes and the distribution of posters – a must to attract that all important new audience

All offers of help and suggestions very welcome – please contact Marian Barwell
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