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Music to our ears

Date: 22/07/2008           Category: Events

More than13,500 music fans soaked up four nights of varied music last week at Castle Concerts in Rochester Castle Gardens. This was followed by the hugely successful Under Siege event. The 2008 series of concerts included two sell-out performances from Status Quo and Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. On Wednesday, 16 July Soul Party kicked off the fun with an infectious mix of soul-stomping numbers. The weather was kind to audiences although Jools Holland had to invoke the crowd’s support to chase away the rain on Thursday night. Friday night saw Status Quo rocking out in their usual style, delighting 4,500 die-hard fans who snapped up their tickets within six days of them going on sale. Medway Council celebrated 10 years of Medway on Saturday night with a rousing classical spectacular courtesy of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The Castle Proms delighted the crowd with fireworks, fountains and the unfurling of a huge Union flag from the castle. The newest addition to the concerts' calendar came, played and conquered, in the form of Medway’s home-grown talent at the Under Siege show on Sunday afternoon. A 2,000-strong audience supported young musicians as they took the castle gardens by storm in a free show packed with local talent aged between 11 and 18-years-old. The acts ranged from solo musicians to fully-fledged bands who performed on the same stage as the professional musicians with the support of a professional crew. Local music organisation Training Them Live signed up the performers who took part. Musical Director Dan Wise was not the only one hoping that this will become an annual celebration of Medway’s young musicians. The youngest audience of the week also joined Medway Council’s Events Manager and compere Carl Majidtey in thanking Medway Council Leader Cllr Rodney Chambers for the idea of adding Under Siege to the concerts’ calendar. Council Leader Cllr Rodney Chambers said: “I wanted to use the Castle Concerts stage for the benefit of the undoubted local musical talent we have got here in Medway. We decided to use the opportunity to give our young people the chance to perform on a real live, professional stage, in front of a large audience. “This is a chance for us all here in Medway to recognise the talent we have, which often goes unsung, and the opportunity to give it the widest possible promotion to the community at large. “If the concert is a success this year then I want it to become an annual event as part of the Castle Concerts series.”