What a wonderful evening was had by all who attended Worthing Inspired Instrumentalists’ Spring Concert. The uplifting and varied programme included favourites such as: Unchained Melody, The Teddy Bear’s Picnic, The Bare Necessities and You are always on my mind. The concert finished with a rousing rendition of Oom Pah Pah. Audience participation was encouraged, and people sang along and tapped their feet in rhythm to the varied instruments ranging from guitars and recorders to flutes, keyboard, and brass.

The concert, which took place on Saturday 7th May, was the first physical one to take place since lockdown, two years ago. Although a virtual concert has taken place in between, it was certainly good to experience the music ‘live’ and see the enthusiasm of the players who obviously enjoyed playing alongside each other.

Inspired Instrumentalists first met in 2015 when they came together with a random selection of instruments and abilities. Their aim was to not only improve on their chosen instrument but master the skill of playing with others. The group meet every Wednesday morning at East Worthing Community Centre, the venue where the concert took place. There are now 28 musicians and Tony Tournoff (musical director) must arrange every piece, so that all the instruments, not normally found together in an ensemble, can be included.

Worthing Inspired Instrumentalists kindly donated all the proceeds from the concert to Ferring Country Centre. An amazing total of £642.25 was raised through the event! Members of the ensemble asked friends and family, who were unable to attend the concert, to sponsor a song. In this way the incredible total was reached, along with a retiring collection and donations from group members. Sam Kirk (Head of Commercial) and Jo Reading (Commercial Co-ordinator) attended the concert and were able to thank members of the group personally, for their kindness and generosity. Delicious refreshments were served in the interval, including cake from Ranger’s Café which gave Sam and Jo the chance to talk to people about The Centre and hand out leaflets. The money raised will be used to help Ferring Country Centre continue to provide facilities for adults with learning disabilities.

Thank you, Worthing Inspired Instrumentalists!


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