Ensemble take it From the Top

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Albany City Wind Ensemble will perform their new concert From the Top at Albany Baptist Church this Saturday and warn the audience they are in for an exciting show.

The show includes popular classics and, in what will be a first for ensemble, they will perform alongside the About FACE youth choir and premiere a silent movie.

ACWE perform at least four shows a year, with director Sue Findlay noting the group’s audience had come to expect to be surprised when watching one of their performances, as they add in twists to the traditional.

“Concerts are always really accessible to the audience,” she said.

“The music has to be entertaining ... we don’t do anything stuffy.”

Findlay said the inspiration for the first-time silent movie came to her straight away.

“I hear a piece of music and immediately, something jumps out,” she said. “The movie that we are doing came from listening to a piece of music.”

Findlay said the ensemble no longer felt their nerves, only an excitement to play. The group are now in their 13th year and they have concentrated on this particular show for the past four months.

The show kicks off at 7.30pm and tickets are available at Uptown Music, at the door or on the ACWE website.

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