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Mayor’s musical year hits the right note

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01 June 2016

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It was a glittering evening as scores of people packed the Dugdale Centre on Friday 27 May for the launch of ‘Enfield Sounds Great’ – a year- long musical festival for the Mayor’s Charity.

It was a glittering evening as scores of people packed the Dugdale Centre on Friday 27 May for the launch of ‘Enfield Sounds Great’ – a year- long musical festival for the Mayor’s Charity.

For Enfield’s new Mayor, Cllr Bernadette Lappage, music is magical, joyful, moving and powerful.

It is, therefore, not surprising that it is the central theme of her mayoral year celebrating the sheer musical talent and energy that Enfield has to offer.

She says: “People will be surprised to discover just how much music is performed in our borough. I want them to enjoy it in every way – listening, playing instruments, singing, dancing and discovering the enormous output and variety.”

Cllr Lappage recognises that music has benefits for everyone and during the year she will be raising funds to support various local musical causes.

For children and young people she is keen that they have access to perform in choirs or youth bands, take part in the popular singing Glee projects in schools and learn to play musical instruments.

An amnesty for people to donate their broken and unused instruments on Saturday 23 July which is International Busking Day is expected to gather all kinds of instruments that can be repaired and used again.

And kicking it off with the first donation, Enfield Council leader, Cllr Doug Taylor, presented two old guitars for the collection. He said; “I am delighted to donate these instruments which need a loving home and will give young people a lot of pleasure.”

Cllr Lappage, added: “Indeed people of all ages can benefit from this year of music-making and some of the money raised might fund music bursaries for those who have not got the finances to take their music further.”

Throughout the borough music will be performed in well loved venues such as Forty Hall, Millfield Theatre, the Dugdale Centre and parks. It brings people together and will provide opportunities to raise funds for therapies that can help people living with dementia or coping with depression.

Cllr Lappage pointed out: “Our festival is not all about fundraising – but will profile all the amazing music performed in Enfield and the great talent that thrives among its people. Enfield Music Service, local choirs, Black History Month, cultural celebrations, traditional events - music in all its forms will celebrate our borough in a great year – please join in.”

This was followed by four young musicians who played enchanting music setting the scene for a truly musical year.

Edward Lappage - Singer/Songwriter, Stephen Asamoah-Duah – Drummer and Composer, Andre Johnson – Percussionist and Olivia Byrne-Whelehan – Harpist played lyrical pieces demonstrating their virtuosity.

The evening ended with the fourth anniversary concert of Ziggy’s World Jazz Club featuring the Steve Taylor Big Band. An electrifying mix of contemporary big band Swing, Latin and Funk featuring vocalist Josie Frater, sax maestro Vasilis Xenopoulos, and 16 ‘cutting edge’ horn-charged crew.