Cragg Vale Gamelan to fold after 17 years
Local Indonesian-inspired percussion orchestra Cragg Vale Gamelan is set to call it a day after 17 years of performances and workshops across the country.
Following a concert at Square chapel in Halifax on June 23rd, the band will perform for the very last time during the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and is hoping that lots of ex-members will come along and join in the fun.
Opening the HB Arts Festival 2001
The band's Musical Director for the last 12 years, local musician Dave Nelson, said, 'Sadly, it feels like the end of an era, but literally hundreds of people have been members of the gamelan over the past 18 years and many of them have had their lives changed and enhanced by it. We really hope that lots of them will want to come along to listen, or to join in our rehearsals during the day so that they can perform some old favourites with us on the night.
The concerto features didgeridoo player Ed Oxley, and Peadar Long playing a saxophones, whistles and even bagpipes. An aural and visual feast.
More pictures from 2001 HB Arts Festival
Listen - "Compulsive Afronesia" by Dave Nelson, is a lively piece which combines gamelan sounds with jazz and samba (mp3)
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