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THE popular annual winter teddy concerts – ‘for all families young at heart,’ – were held at St Helier Methodist Centre at the weekend .

The first concerts of the annual pre-Christmas tour of the Kings Chamber Orchestra, led by Jersey’s eminent cellist and composer Gerard Le Feuvre, enchanted children and adults alike.

The concert, which was performed twice on Saturday, was called A Russian Adventure, and explored ‘everything Russian.’ So, there were easy listening pieces from well-known Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky, Shostakovitch, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Ofanonanov. From Tchaikovsky we had the 1812 Overture, with massed exploding balloons. Shostakovitch might not be everyone’s first choice as a composer for a children’s concert, but the piece chosen was just right for the occasion.

Also on the programme was a demonstration of the entrechat ballet ‘jumping’ movement – of which Mr Le Feuvre says he is the fastest exponent in the world. As always, this was a concert which succeeded so very well in helping to introduce young people to the delights of music. Quite simply – a super picnic for teddies and others, with lots of fun and lashings of music.

• Words: Alasdair Crosby • Pictures: David Ferguson

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