Sam the Producer
Wymondham Stepped into
Spring with a special concert in the Abbey that will leave a lasting
The event provided a
fine evening of entertainment for a packed Abbey and also helped to raise
money for the Musical Keys charity as well as helping University of East
Anglia music student Samantha Jessop in her studies.
Samantha, who produced
the event and who is in the third years of her degree, was praised by compere
Brian Randall for undertaking “virtually all the arrangements” for the
evening including booking the music, organising sponsorship and publicity and
liaising with the charity.
Samantha, who is a
former pupil of Hethersett High School, is creating quite a niche for herself
in the local music scene and is a volunteer member of the Musical Keys group
which has been running for over 20 years and provides musical therapy for
children with a range of special needs and disabilities. The evening raised £1,600
for the charity and was sponsored by a number of local organisations including
Wymondham Rotary Club, the Green Dragon Public House, Geo R Reeve Ltd
Printers, Swinton and Company Chartered Accountants and Buckingham IT
The Encore Choir
provided a range of harmonius music from George Harrison’s “Here Comes the
Sun” to Sting’s “Fields of Gold” and medleys from Lord of the Rings
and James Bond films. They rounded off the evening in style with the beautiful
“River in Judea.”
Young virtuosos Lauren
Causton and Charlotte Odell provided music by Mendelssohn, Faure and
Shostakovich on flute, clarinets and saxophone, accompanied by Elaine Smith,
and Samantha Jessop literally got into the act with a medley of songs from
Sister Act where she was joined by a number of friends.
The audience were
transported back to the “quieter days of music” by a number of songs, both
traditional and contemporary, from the Broadside Revival Barber Shop Quartet.
The evening provided a
fitting finale to a day of St George celebrations in the town. The event was
attended by Sallie Eastik, manager of musical keys, who paid tribute to the
efforts put in to bring Step into Spring to fruition.
“We are an
independent charity relying for funds on grants and the generosity of our
supporters. We truly appreciate all the work and effort that has gone into
arranging tonight’s concert,” she said.