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Ready to go .. The Gore Chamber Ensemble practises for its performance at the St Andrew's Church Hall on Sunday at 2.30pm. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE

“It’s a very high level of music that is being performed by this group. It’s wonderful.” –Conductor Suzanne Noel-Bentley

Classical music from the Renaissance period through to the 20th century will fill the St Andrew’s Church Hall when the Gore Chamber Ensemble performs its first concert on Sunday.

The ensemble – made up of about 10 school pupils aged 11 to 17 – and guest performers would play arrangements of Arbeau, Telemann, Vaughan Williams and Britten, among others.

Conductor Suzanne Noel-Bentley had an extensive background as a classical musician and was delighted to be able to showcase what the group had been working on since March.

“It’s a very high level of music that is being performed by this group. It’s wonderful,” Ms Noel-Bentley said.

The group had four main teachers: violin teachers Helena Sowinski and Heidi Heslip, flute and recorder teacher Mary Affleck, while Mrs Noel-Bentley was the conductor and cello teacher.

“These teachers have put in a huge number of hours to help these children and get their level of understanding of classical music up.”

The ensemble was formed earlier this year through the teachers who recognised the need to provide a platform for intermediate level classical musicians to perform an orchestral repertoire.

“I saw the need for kids to have something to aspire to, and be inspired by, in classical music,” Mrs Noel-Bentley said.

It had been a pleasure to help and get the musical group together and off the ground.

“Seeing the kids realising what is possible for them and the pleasure of them playing proper high-level music together has been great. They’ve all matured both musically and personally during our time.”

The Gore Chamber Ensemble performance will take place at the St Andrew’s Church Hall on Sunday at 2.30pm.

Entry is by gold coin donation, and a reception will be held afterwards.