Friday, 13th November 2020

FRIDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

1PM

Stafford Partington

and

Martin Hewitt

MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS

 

Stafford Partington

Born into a musical family in Manchester, Stafford has beenplaying piano and singing in choirs from an early age.

Most notably, he sang and performed with Durham University Light  Opera Group (DULOG) who specialise in G&S opera’s. He also

ran a small band of musicians co-writing and performing, cabaret -style entertainment and songs for several of the University

Colleges charity dinners.

In the early 90’s he decided to learn guitar and joined Boston Spa Guitar Club. He is still a member today.

It was in 2012, that he joined Wetherby Light Music Singers(WLMS) as a bass. There, with Martin he formed the Back RowBoys from the tenors and basses. They perform regularly with WLMS with occasional concerts of their own.

With Martin he also began to learn the clarinet and saxophone. It was during these lessons that he discovered that he had the same musical tastes as Martin as well as a joint desire to sing and perform together. As a result, M “n” S Music was born!

Since then they have played at many venues throughout Yorkshire including Betty’s, St George Hotel, Engine Shed, MasonicBallrooms and Golf Clubs, for weddings (including gold and silver), dinner dances and other notable occasions.

They have an extensive, expanding, repertoire in a wide range of musical styles and genres which can be tailored to suit the occasion. Martin writes and creates the musical backings which,when coupled with clarinet, saxophone, guitar and vocals gives amore bespoke and unique feel to their musical presentations.

Martin Hewitt

My fascination with music began by playing on the piano at home in the playroom which led to piano lessons at aged four.

Seven years later my teacher recommended I take up a second instrument and my father suggested clarinet. Three years on I was playing in concert bands at Leeds College of Music and playing the piano at dancing schools for ballet and tap classes.

The next step was playing the organ in Social Clubs where I saw Acts who came with a PA system and sang to backingtracks. The audience loved it and I realised I needed to sing.

After reading many music theory books and following thedevelopment of electronic musical equipment I now create and produce music.

A chance conversation led to a Saturday morning music school in Wetherby teaching keyboard. I found a new job teaching music which I still enjoy today. At the Wetherby Music Centre a member of the big band asked if I would play piano for a Choir in Wetherby. I now make music for Wetherby Light MusicSingers.

Over the years I have played at some wonderful venues:Majestic Hotel Harrogate, Old George Hotel Harrogate, Betty’sCafe, Old Swan Hotel, Scarborough Library Theatre, Engine Shed Wetherby, Ripley Castle, Hazlewood Castle, Golf Clubsand many Churches. I often play music at Care Homes wherethe older generation love to sing and dance.

It is my firm belief that all children should study music -thankfully, I did.