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ELSOM Shine During Hackney Council’s Springfield Park Jubilee Festival

The Springfield Park Jubilee Festival, held in Hackney, East London, on Thursday 2nd June 2022, attracted thousands of residents who all came together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Some of the main attractions that took place on a momentous day in history included trampolining, drumming and steel pan performances, and a flag flying with the local Chinese community involving no less than Hackney’s very own Mayor, Philip Glanville, alongside Deputy Mayor, Anntoinette Bramble.

Hundreds were drawn to the bandstand, where they were treated to a feast of classical music by the East London School of Music (ELSOM) under the direction of the school’s Manager, Fiona Pacquette and supported by the HACS Philharmonia Strings and Woodwind Orchestra. The audience, made up of both young and old and of the many cultures which make up East London, was left enchanted by the variety of musical performances on a show which included flute and violin ensembles.

There was also some impressive conducting of the orchestra by 14-year-old Matthew Umole, who said: “I’ve not been conducting for a long time –but I absolutely love it. It’s easy because I’m not facing the audience, but still, I was a bit scared but did it anyway.” Matthew, who comes from and attends school in Hackney, added: “The orchestra drew a large crowd today, and we have had a lot of fun performing our music to them. For any person wanting to take up classical music, I would say do it – don’t let anyone or anything stop you – prove people wrong by aspiring and living up to your dreams.” 16-year-old Soprano Soloist Alexandra Bell-Cobbold was equally encouraging of those from diverse communities acting upon their interest in classical music: “You can get involved in classical music at any age,” she said. “I was 11 years old when I first began in the church choir before continuing to develop my voice and love for singing as a part of the East London School of Music. You can do anything you put your mind to, including pushing through any barriers which may come your way. Whether you want to be a part of a choir or classical music – just know that you can because music is for everyone.”

Recently re-elected in the Hackney Council Elections, Hackney Mayor, Philip Glanville, was pleased with the outcome of the day’s celebrations at Springfield Park. He said: “To have so many people from the borough come together here at Springfield Park has been to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, and our collective community spirit has been amazing. There has been a Turkish-Kurdish orchestra, activities for the young people such as trampolining and arts and crafts, and performances on the bandstand by the East London School of Music. I’ve just been grateful for the great weather and for all the different organisations that have come together to make this day a success.” 

Hackney Deputy Mayor, Anntoinette Bramble, added: “You look around today, and you see the very heart of Hackney. After two years of restrictions due to the pandemic, it’s fantastic to have everyone come together to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and the diverse cultures that make-up Hackney. Representation is important, so groups like ELSOM certainly make the borough proud.” 

Darell J. Philip (Area 6C Communications Coordinator)

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