Music fund’s first workshop and concert

IN MEMORY OF: Rosa Simon
IN MEMORY OF: Rosa Simon

A fund set up in memory of a three-year-old girl from Hadleigh who was killed in a tragic accident is hosting its first ever youth workshop.

Organisers of the Rosa Simon Music Fund are now urging people to go along to the end-of-workshop concert being held on the same day.

On Saturday the fund has hired Pete Letanka, an internally-recognised jazz pianist and composer, to run a fun-packed workshop in the Hadleigh United Reformed Church.

Nearly 60 children between the ages of nine and 13 have signed up to practice both pre-prepared pieces and to learn some brand new music – all to be magicked into the concert performance at the church at 3pm.

Pete has enjoyed performing at Ronnie Scotts, the Purcell Room and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Since 1997, he has worked for Children’s Music Workshop and has lead projects for the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Portrait Gallery.

Karen Harman, the event organiser and a trustee of Rosa’s Fund, said: “I believe the concert will show just how talented and confident our local children and young people are.

“It will also show just how enlivening and enriching performing in public can be for children. There will be everything from hit numbers from the musicals to classical solos on display.”

Children from schools in Bildeston and Hadleigh as well as pupils from the Miss Lesley School of Performing Arts based in Bildeston and Boxford and other children from the town and nearby villages will be participating.

Rosa’s father Paul Simon said: “This workshop and concert is all about giving children and young people new chances to learn music, to perform in public and to experience the wow factor of an audience’s reaction.”

The fund has raised over £16,000 to give young people the chance to learn music and perform and has already contributed over £5,500 towards 12 different projects.

Tickets cost £5 and are available from Hadleigh United Reformed Church or Keith Avis Newsagents.