Big folk group set for anniversary show in Sutton

Conservatoire Folk Ensemble
Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

A folk ensemble are of the view that bigger is definitely better with a concert coming to Sutton Village Hall later this month.

There will be a stage-challenging 50 members in The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble for the concert on Saturday June 10.

Among them are 15 horns, four cellos, five percussionists, five electric guitarists, plus fiddles, flutes, clarinets, double-bass, electric bass, euphonium, acoustic guitar, octave mandola, a harp and vocalists.

The concert celebrates a new album and 20th anniversary since the band’s formation.

Formed in 1997 at Birmingham’s Conservatoire by fiddle player and arranger Joe Broughton, the ensemble have established a reputation for creating energetic and powerful shows.

“The challenge for us has been really capturing the power and intensity of the ensemble without it impacting on the delicacy or fragility of the quieter, more subtle moments,” says Joe, who produced the album. “There’s such energy, when the entire ensemble perform together, but these are world class musicians, and the tracks on Painted really demonstrate how skilful their individual playing is.”

Doors for the concert on the High Street open at 7pm with the entertainment starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 for adults and £8 for children.

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