Youngsters from Acle pull out all the right notes to boost hospice appeal
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A group of talented young musicians have recorded a CD to raise funds for a hospice appeal.
Acle St Edmund Youth Orchestra have made Love's Always Here in aid of the East Coast Hospice appeal, which wants to build a 10-bed hospice to serve the communities of Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
The album is a mix of original songs, classical favourites like Holst's Jupiter and The Liberty Bell March by Sousa and music everyone will know such as Summer Holiday, Rock Around the Clock, Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
It was recorded at the Banking Hall at OPEN in Norwich and is the second CD the orchestra have recorded there.
All the youngsters are from the Acle area and aged between 12 and 16 years.
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The orchestra began in 2005 for local children to meet together and share their music.
Elaine Brown, who runs the orchestra, said: 'To have the opportunity to record a second selection of music has been amazing.
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'It shows the diversity of music these young musicians can play and also the maturity with which they cope with the demands of not only being in the spotlight at such a young age, but the pressure of recording 15 tracks live in four hours.
'Most of the tracks were recorded in two takes and the set-up on the stage was as if it was a concert – so the sound produced is as live as you can get it.
'It was great fun to record, and anyone who is kind enough to purchase a copy will be able to see and hear the enjoyment of that day.
'Love's Always Here is the title track and was written to reflect the basic need in all of us to know unconditional love – and also as a tribute to the care and protection our loved ones receive from our hospices up and down the country.
'I know from personal experience, when my mum was living her last weeks, that the love and attention from hospice staff cannot be measured.'
David Royse, technical manager for OPEN, said: 'It is fantastic to be able to bring young people into the venue in such a way and I look forward to continuing our relationship with the orchestra long into the future.'
Love's Always Here is on sale in all East Coast Hospice charity shops, Carter's Butchers in Acle, and from Acle Primary School, priced £5.