Musical marathon raises funds

This Abbey Road spoof shows Flamenco Rocca and Solo Sax. Picture by Paula Rosa Photography.
This Abbey Road spoof shows Flamenco Rocca and Solo Sax. Picture by Paula Rosa Photography.

An inaugural 12-hour music marathon in Felton has been hailed a big success, raising more than £1,000 in the process.

Feltonbury Musicathon was staged on Saturday, in aid of the community allotment, which is known as The Plot.

The event attracted several choirs, a group of medieval singers, a flamenco guitar trio, a jazz/blues combo, a number of rock acts, various traditional music groups and a large ceilidh band.

There were 20 acts and in excess of 90 performers whose ages ranged from children to pensioners and their musical abilities from beginners to professional musicians.

St Michael’s and All Angels church Strictly Choir opened the event on the stroke of midday.

It began at The Old Bank, on Main Street, before transferring wholescale across the road to Gallery 45 where the music continued seamlessly until a ceilidh brought the evening to a close at midnight.

Neal Skelton, who is Plot chairman, said: “The whole thing was deemed to be a resounding success to everyone who had been involved.

“Everyone mixed together to form an eclectic programme, but crucially everyone was equally supportive of each other.

“Very importantly the event attracted a wide range of the local residents and others from further afield who came and went on numerous occasions. One resident said that this was the best impromptu community gathering in decades – and we should capitalise on this. The whole event went even better than we could have expected. The enthusiasm was infectious and the range of local musical talent was outstanding.”

In addition to the music, there were several raffles and an extensive cake stand, all of which attracted considerable interest and attention.

Overall, the event collected in excess of £1,100 and crucially raised the profile of the community allotment project.

As its name suggests, this is a garden for the whole community, from children to grandparents, to share the enjoyment of communal gardening.

However, the project needed to raise the initial outlay so anyone, regardless of their level of competence, was invited to come and play the grand piano or their own instruments and/or participate in the open-mic slots at Feltonbury.

There are plans to begin work on The Plot in the spring.

Neal added: “Feltonbury had been promoted in a tongue-in-cheek manner as the first in the long-running series of successful events. However, this looks as though it will now become the case.

“The success of the day’s musicathon and the feedback suggests that this should become a reality and even at this early stage plans for Feltonbury 2016 are under consideration.

“Move over Glastonbury, there’s a new kid on The Plot.

Anyone who is interested in more details should contact Neal on nealskelton@btinternet.com or 01670 787437. Alternatively, contact Charlotte Clarke on lwm36f@gmail.com or 01670 783343.