Thursday, 18 March 2010

Concert at Hills Road: Fundraising for their South African connections

On Thursday 25th March, Hills Road Sixth Form College are holding a fundraising concert for their South African exchange school. The concert is at the college starting at 7.30pm in the recital room. The concert will be jazz focused and the programme includes Sing,Sing,Sing starring BBC young Musician of the year finalist Lucy Landimore, Children of Sanchez by Chuck Manjione, Four Brothers and vocal features Flashdance and the Look of Love. We would love to see you there and help contribute to their efforts and bring the choir of the Ndamase secondary school to the UK, which will, no doubt, result in another excellent concert!

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Cambridge Clarinet & Saxophone Day Photographs

Thank you for putting up with the people with the cameras all those who attended this day. If you look up 'The ACE Foundation' on flickr OR facebook you can now find pictures from the event.

Below is a short review of the day for those who were unaware of its existence:

The Henry Morris Hall was bursting at the seams as 120 Clarinet and Saxophone players came to Sawston for a play day organised by Trevor Barlow and the ACE Foundation on Sunday 28th February.

Players from all over East Anglia and London came to the College to form what must have been the biggest Single Reed Choir in the region with guest star James Rae directing his own Toccata Brilliante and Cinerama Suite.

From aged 8 to nearly 80 and from beginner to advanced the day offered large and small group sessions with specially arranged music by James Rae and Jon Halton, a master class, free lunchtime Jazz, Quartet recital, trade stands from Wood, Wind and Reed plus plenty of expert guidance from James Rae.

Each player had a suitable part written for their ability and instrument.

The complete Clarinet family was represented from the small e flat clarinet through to the Contra bass whilst the Saxophone section boasted 8 baritone saxophones!

This day is to be one of many partnerships with the ACE Foundation ( including such future events as a Jazz Day with Alan Barnes at West Road Concert Hall on 4th July and Brass Day with Prime Brass at SVC on 21st November.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Prime Brass and Polish Heroes

Trevor & Paul of the ACE Foundation attended an excellent concert by Prime Brass (The Cambridge Brass Ensemble due to host our Brass Day on the 21st November) on Friday Night. The Polish Heroes represented in their repertoire included Lutoslawski, whom Prime Brass's founder unorthodoxly approached to commission a piece for them when he was a student at Cambridge!

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Website Update

You can now book and pay for courses as well as make donations online via paypal:

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

British Archaeology Summer School - last chance

Our deadline approaches, the course is nearly full, please, if you have been considering applying do so NOW! Set in the beautiful site of Corpus Christi College it is definitely an opportunity not to be missed.
We now have a list of lecture titles and the field trip itinerary available detailing the lectures related to human origins, preagricultural communities, the Romans, method and theory of archaeology, Anglo Saxons, medieval life, invasions, landscapes, ceremonies, settlements and much more. The field trip includes visits to various cathedrals, medieval sites, stone age sites and a variety of others related to the course content.
If you wish to look into the details. Please email:

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Polish Heroes

Keystage Company, a local drama group, are recognising Polish Heroes this month.
Yesterday (1st March) would have been Chopin's 200th birthday and this was celebrated with a piano recital and talk at the opening of the Polish Heroes exhibition held at the Emmanuel United Reformed Church in Cambridge. They are holding various other events throughout this month, including a concert by Prime Brass; the brass ensemble ACE is working with for a workshop in November.
For more information about the events take a look at their blog:

Monday, 1 March 2010

Clarinet & Saxophone Day Success

Thank you to those of you who attended the Clarinet & Saxophone Day at Sawston Village College yesterday.
Thanks to everyone's hard work and cooperation the day ran smoothly and reports from participants and tutors were very complimentary. James Rae was impressed with all the performances and everybody seemed to have learnt new skills and enjoyed their time.
We will publish photos and a full review here soon!