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Orchestra rounds off Celebrations

The Hethersett open weekend which started off with Hethersett's Got Talent, concluded with a concert in St Remigius Chruch by the Pulham Orchestra and the Wymondham Youth Orchestra.

The two groups combined for a programme of varied music from the classical world of Mendelssohn's Organ Sonata (played by the orchestras rather than on the organ), Schubert's Moments Musicaux, Beethoven's Prometheus Overture and Borodin's wonderfully tuneful Polovtsian Dances (just think of the song "Stranger in Paradise" and you will instantly recognise these) to the lighter world of Gershwin and film music including I'm Singing in the Rain, Tea for Two and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The whole thing was rounded off with a  rousing version of the Donkey Serenade.

It was a very enjoyable evening given that the two orchestras had rehearsed for the first time on the afternoon of the concert. It has to be said that at times their timing was out and a number of mistakes were made but there was plenty of enthusiasm to make up for these gaffs.

Chair of the Hethersett Open Weekend organising committee Shane Hull pronounced the evening to be a "brilliant finale to the weekend."

The evening was introduced by Duncan Pigg who paid tribute to the work of the open weekend organising committee: "It has been an absolutely fantastic weekend. We had an inspirational church service, over 250 people taking part in a funrun and all the other events that have put us in the news over the weekend," he said.

The orchestras were under the direction of Pulham Orchestra conductor Margary Baker. The Pulham Orchestra was founded by local GP Dr Patrick Rawlence in 1983 in Pulham Market. Margery Baker also conducts the Wymondham Youth Orchestra.