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Musical Village triumphs again

The best performance yet’ ‘great variety’ ‘a slick, unique concert to the highest of standards’

These were just a few of the comments received by Lesia Smaditch, Musical Director of Musical Village, following the two performances of their Concert performed on 10th and 11th December 2016 at Brockington College in Enderby.

As a conductor and musical director, Lesia has developed and leads a number of community choirs around Leicestershire.

Lesia (a full member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians) offers community members, both young and old, an opportunity to explore the joy of choral singing.

The theme this year was Christmas Around the World and both choir and audience enjoyed a variety of festive songs in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swahili, Macedonian to name but a few!

Special guests were Mriya a Ukrainian Choir based in Manchester who entertained everyone with their lovely traditional songs.

Sam Bailey
The Choir will support Leicester’s X-Factor winner, Sam Bailey on her 2017 tour

Musical Village was first established by Lesia in 2008 to fulfill her passion and ambition to bring communities together through the love of singing.

The reputation of the choirs has gone from strength to strength and in addition to appearances at local events, concerts, weddings and funerals, they have been delighted to perform at many prestigious events.

These include the Reinterment of King Richard III and performing with Russell Watson in both his 2015 and 2016 UK tours.

This coming year looks equally exciting with 9 confirmed bookings to support X-Factor winner Sam Bailey in her ‘Sing My Heart Out UK Tour 2017’.

‘Musical Village’ is made up of a family of choirs catering for people of all ages and abilities in Leicester and Leicestershire. A warm welcome awaits all who love singing and want to share the enjoyment and fun with the community.

The comprehensive repertoire includes world music, spiritual, pop classics, contemporary, folk, light classical and show hits.

Currently choirs meet in Enderby Village, Leicester Forest East, Enderby Brockington College and Market Bosworth.

A FREE session is offered so why not give it a try and perhaps the joy of singing will be life changing for you as it has been for many current members!
More information is available via the details below.

Facebook: Twitter: @MusicalVillage1
Lesia can be contacted on mobile:  07894 073621
[Contributor: Angela Doherty | Sam Bailey photo:]

Drama at Enderby Civic Centre

After ‘Fur Coat & Magic Knickers’ and more recently ‘Lights Out Land Girls’, the comedy gems brought to the stage at Enderby Civic Centre by Enderby Parish Council and Enderby Twinning Association continue with ‘Women on the verge of a T Junction’.

Put all your jibes about women drivers to one side. This new comedy drama from The MsFits drama company goes deeper than that!

The action in this drama centres on a crash at a T-junction as three women, three generations and three agendas, get as entangled as their bumpers.

There has been a lapse of concentration, but how is the AA man to find out whodunit? Suspects in the frame are:

  1. Bessie is 82 and may have trouble seeing over the steering wheel, but she drove four-wheel drives over minefields in 1945.
  2. Liz is 53 and on her fifth driving test but is determined to pass this time.
  3. Ellie is 38 and may have been chatting on her mobile phone – but she has a special talent for multi-tasking!

Women on the Verge of a T-Junction is a funny yet poignant tale of what happens when these women’s lives and cars collide.

About the MsFits…

MsFits Theatre Co. Is a two-women touring comedy drama company, performing all over the UK, Scotland, England, Wales & N Ireland at diverse venues such as 500 seat theatres to village halls.

The company comprises award winning actress Fiona Knowles who has appeared in (amongst other things) a Staff Nurse in STV’s ‘Taggart’ (1993) and in the previous year as a primary headmistress in BBC tv’s ‘Dr Finlay’.

Her theatrical partner in the MsFits Company is multi-award-winning, Bafta nominated playwright, Rona Munro.

Munro is a Scottish writer, currently living and working in London. She has written plays for theatre, radio, and television and in November 2016, it was revealed she would be writing the ninth episode of the tenth series of BBC tv’s ‘Dr.Who’, titled “The Eaters of Light”.

It is the latest in a programme of drama presentations staged at the Civic Centre on King Street under the combined auspices of Enderby Parish Council and Enderby Twinning Association.

The performance is promoted by Centre Stage which is part of Live & Local Rural and Community Touring Scheme.

The show takes place on Friday 10th February at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £9 (Adult), £6 (OAP/Child under 16yrs)

Tickets are available from:
Enderby Civic Centre, King Street, LE19 4NT
Tel: (0116) 275 3711
(Mon-Fri 9am-12noon)



Enderby Band entertain with their Annual Christmas Concert

Members of the Enderby Band played to a packed audience for their annual Christmas Concert at Enderby Parish Church.

The two-part concert on Monday 19th December saw the Band, under the baton of their Musical Director Simon Gresswell, invite the audience to participate in a number of popular Christmas carols.

Apart from Christmas carols, the evening’s programme also contained numbers from West End musicals including ‘Anthem’ from the musical Chess (Anderson, Rice & Ulvaneus arr, A. Duncan).

Enderby Band perform Xmas Concert
Enderby Band perform to a packed audience in Enderby Parish Church

The audience were also treated to guest solo performances by Lucy Cutt on flugel horn – ‘My Love is Like a Red Red Rose’ (G Langford) and ‘Away in a Manger’ (P.Graham).

Also making a guest appearance was accomplished and experienced soprano Sarah Stephens who wowed the audience with ‘Think of Me’ from Phantom of the Opera (A Lloyd Webber) and ‘O Holy Night’ (A. Adam arr. K.Wilkinson).

A 30-prize raffle was drawn on the evening and refreshments were available during the interval.

After the final piece, the popular ‘Troika’ (S. Pokofieff arr. R Farr) left everyone tapping their feet, upbeat and reluctant to allow the band to finish without an encore!

The band duly obliged and the audience showed their appreciation with loud applause.

More information and news of forthcoming events is available on the Enderby Band website

Community Cinema arrives in Huncote

huncote-pavilionHuncote Pavilion is set to launch a new ‘community cinema’ programme.

Working in Partnership with The Phoenix Community Cinema, the Pavilion has secured funding through the British Film Institute supported by the National Lottery to become a neighbourhood cinema venue.

The aim of the programme is to bring together local communities to enjoy film for all, that don’t necessarily have access to a traditional cinema, in a relaxed social atmosphere.

The programme will focus on reducing social isolation and loneliness and improve health and wellbeing through Arts activity, supported by the Health and Arts Development Service.

The first screening will be the BFG, a family favourite on Saturday 17th December at 10:30am.

Tickets are available in advance from the Pavilion reception for £3.50 or £4.50 on the door.

Concessions and group tickets are also available.

For more information about the programme or to book the tickets please contact The Pavilion Team on 0116 275 0246 or email

International Brass Tutors to lead Youth Band Training Weekend in Lutterworth

enderby-band-1Enderby Youth and Junior Bands are pleased to announce that Yamaha have generously provided significant funding to cover the tuition costs of a team of expert Neo Brass tutors to lead a Youth Brass Band Training weekend at Lutterworth College.

The event will take place over the weekend of Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September 2016. Each day will begin at 9.15am and finish around 5.00pm.

Russell Gray, one of the world’s leading exponents in the art of cornet playing, will direct the weekend course. Russell is currently much in demand as a conductor of leading brass bands throughout Europe. He will be assisted by Lucy Cutt who will lead the Flugel and Tenor Horn sections. Lucy is currently a lead soloist with the famous Faireys Band.

Steve Walsh will lead the Euphoniums and Baritones. Steve has performed as principal Euphonium with many of the UK’s greatest brass bands and has a huge range of accolades under his belt including the European Brass Band Championships, the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, the British Opens and many solo prizes.

To complete the quartet, Simon Gresswell, Musical Director of the Enderby Band, will provide tuition to the Bass sections.

Simon is a former member of Black Dyke Mills, Desford Colliery, Faireys, YBS and the Brighouse & Rastrick Bands. He is frequently called upon as a tutor of lower brass in the UK and Europe and has been the development artist for the new Yamaha Neo BBb Tuba.

Ryan Richards of Tredegar Band has been brought in by Enderby Youth Band to lead the Trombone sectionals, and there will also be specialist percussion teaching provided.

Members of the Enderby Band Organisation will be on hand to support the work of the Yamaha tutors throughout the weekend to ensure that players of all abilities feel completely supported as they tackle a wealth of good quality challenging music, as well as providing pastoral support to the youngsters throughout the two days.

Participants in the course will be divided into two bands:

  • A junior band for players from beginner standard up to Grade 2 standard.
  • A main band for players of Grade 3 standard and above.

The weekend will be a mixture of full band rehearsals and sectionals, with regular breaks to enable the players to socialise.

The course will conclude with a play through of the music learned by both bands on the Sunday afternoon to which parents and friends are warmly invited.

The cost of the whole weekend is only £10. Further details and application forms are available by email from Catherine Owen on