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'North Norfolk Launch an Ambitious Music Making and Visual Arts Project'

The sound of an internationally acclaimed musician in the ideal setting of one of North Norfolk's most stately of homes giving an inspired performance of a contemporary piece for oboe and electronics on a perfect late summer evening on the 15th September, created a most suitable atmosphere for the launch of an ambitious new community music and visual arts project for the region.

The occasion was the launch of TAKE OFF, an initiative which sees the unique partnership of Britten Sinfonia, the East of England's very own chamber orchestra, with North Norfolk District Council under the artistic direction of local composer Jane Wells. Local musicians, artists, teachers, sponsors and members of the media alike who attended were treated to a performance by Britten Sinfonia's principal oboe, Nicholas Daniel, of a short work by Thea Musgrave in the idyllic surroundings of Felbrigg Hall.

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TAKE OFF, the multifaceted scheme which will run from November until mid-June next year, will bring together leading international and Norfolk based musicians and visual artists and will offer concert-going, music making and playing opportunities for young and old alike. With inspiration taken from the coastal settings of North Norfolk and a central theme of 'Birds and Flight', TAKE OFF will offer an opportunity for the public to become more involved and interested in music often regarded as 'difficult' or
'highbrow' as well as a chance to enjoy performances of works by better known composers such as Mozart, Bach or Purcell. The first two events in the series will take place in November. Firstly, 'TAKE OFF - Music and Making Days' for families will involve 'On the Move' music making with Jane Wells and Richard Steggall, 'In the Jungle' shadow puppetry with Meg Amsden and '2D Painted Birds' with Diane Griffiths, and will be at Sheringham Community Centre on Saturday 8th November and North Walsham Youth and Community Centre on Sunday 9th November respectively. The second event at Cromer Parish Hall on Sunday 16th November entitled 'Facing Coastlines' will feature a concert by Britten Sinfonia Soloists and local ensemble On the Edge, in a programme of short works by a wide range of composers spanning the last 600 years to include Janequin, Xenakis and J.S.Bach. Two new paintings by Diane Griffiths and birds created on the 'TAKE OFF - Music and Making Days' will frame the stage. Creative Partnerships Norfolk, Eastern Orchestral Board and Norfolk County Council Arts and Music Education Services are financially supporting TAKE OFF with NNDC.

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Sheringham Evening W.I.
Having welcomed a new member, Joan Everett, we were entertained by a Story Sack, depicting Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which with four other sacks were then presented to Deborah Saunders of the Ladybird Playgroup, who said how much they would add to the children's enjoyment, bringing to life these well- known fairy tales. Continuing this theme, we then played some old board games, ludo and snakes & laddars with a great deal of laughter, recalling childhood memories. Our next meeting will be held at St Andrew's Church Hall, Cromer Road on 9th October at 7.30 pm when the speaker will be Chris Weston ''In & Around Norfolk;'' Come and join us.
'Poisoning Pigeons in the Park in Sheringham'
Although Tom Lehrer's best known song or 'hit' in the loosest sense of the term is probably 'Poisoning Pigeons in the Park' it is by no means his cleverest or indeed his wittiest. Whereas 'pigeons' uses a large element of shock much of his limited but exquisitely satirical output from just three LP's based on issues of the years around the late fifties up to the early seventies still has a surprising amount of bite today.
Sheringham Community Paper Songs such as 'Pollution' and 'National Brotherhood Week' which he recorded for the American version of 'That Was the Week That Was' and We Will All Go Together When We Go' and 'The Old Dope Peddler' from his two concert albums on Decca are perhaps still as relevant to the way we are now.
On the other hand Lehrer's songs about life and relationships are wry observations wrapped up in wonderfully jaunty tunes. The lyrics of 'She's My Girl' include the line 'Her hairs in the sink are driving me to drink' or his disgust at witnessing a bullfight is amply demonstrated in the song 'In Old Mexico' where he offers the line 'I haven't had so much fun since the day my dog run over!! Although having achieved a certain cult status, Tom Lehrer retired from his short concert career in the seventies exclaiming that 'satire was no longer needed when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize', and apart from a London review which was sanctioned by the artist entitled 'Tomfoolery' his genius has generally remained somewhat obscured on both sides of the Atlantic. On Friday 3rd October, Sheringham Little Theatre is offering a chance to be shocked, possibly offended but most of all thoroughly entertained when the biting humour and verbal dexterity of Lehrer's wonderfully sick lyrics and dazzling musical parodies will be performed by the Northern Theatre Company in 'Poisoning Pigeons in the Park.'
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