Diamonds are Forever: Review

The Trianon Music Group annual New Year concert kick-started its Diamond Jubilee year with an aptly-named programme of film and television music familiar to all throughout the last 60 years. As is now the norm for this concert, conducted by Christopher Green, it was deliberately light and colourful in content and presentation with the colour adorned by the decorated orchestra music stands and choir folders for which there was a prize for the best dressed!

The music was just as dazzling though, bursting with warmth and energy from the performance of all sections of players and singers. Rousing symphonic compositions by John Williams, Howard Goodall, Nigel Hess and John Barry included Star Wars, various television detectives and James Bond, plus Rogers and Hammerstein’s Sound of Music. These medleys kept on coming before the choir slowed the pace a little with songs by Cole Porter, Michel Legrand, Henry Mancini, Rogers and Hart and Howard Goodall. A further moment of quieter reflection was the poignant violin solo by Orchestra leader Steve Browne when playing John Williams’ Schindler’s List; warmly applauded by the audience of an almost full hall.

Special mention also has to go to Double Bass player Stephen Hogger, who penned a new arrangement from the Wizard of Oz to end the first half, and to local musician Andrew Burke who likewise produced a cluster of award-winning songs and tunes covering the last 60 years with which to end the evening – these being the first two of five new pieces commissioned by Trianon to be performed at its concerts during the year.

This was a most enjoyable concert that left the audience humming the big number tunes as they left – always a good sign. In fact, this diamond concert was truly a gem.


A thank you from Music in Our Bones

Our nominated charity for all of 2019 is Music in Our Bones who help overcome social  isolation by uniting people in joyful song.

TMG received this lovely letter which we’d like to share with our our members and friends.

Just to say a huge thank you for what was a really uplifting evening full of fun, drama and musical excitement. And isn’t Janet great! She’s the most intelligent and wonderfully humorous compere.

I wanted to let you know straight away that we made a staggering £738 with our collection, quite incredible generosity from your audience.

Wishing you all the very best for your music making in 2019. Long may you thrive! Lovely to see all those young musicians in particular being offered that opportunity, and I can only imagine what Trianon means to people who have sung or played with you throughout your rich 60 year long journey.

Oh and please thank your son Jon, Chris He was a delightful guide, so helpful and clear and encouraging!

With very best wishes, 


Singing and Project Leader

Music In Our Bones

A sparkling evening of love, mystery and diamonds

ful orchestra and choir wearing red ties

A wonderful evening was had by all at January’s concert. A great turnout led to a brilliant atmosphere at Ipswich Corn Exchange, love was found, mysteries finally solved and we all got a share of Andrews Burke’s fabulous Cluster of Diamonds. 

One highlight was the mesmerizing strings of orchestra leader Steve Brown who captivated us with his solo in Schindler’s List.

there was local talent aplenty with a brand new arrangement of Steve Hogger’s Wizard of Oz which breathed new life into this perennial classic.

The choir gave a fantastic rendition of Howard Goodall theme tunes with Red Dwarf being a joyous surprise.

We cannot thank you enough for enjoying it with us and we’d like to say thank you to our sponsors Passmore Weeks & Richardson Chartered Accounts who helped us to produce so much quality music.


We look forward to seeing you again in April



Friends Reunited – ‘No beatnik layabouts!’

Team Trianon have been busy preparing for our Diamond Jubilee year and one of our projects is to reunite past members of the group to be ‘Friends Reunited’.

In September 2019 we are once again performing ta the glorious Snape Maltings music hall and we want you to to join us in a glittering finale to our special year.


Events for 2019 include

Special lecture/talk programme

September concert at Snape Maltings

September Social events and celebration

Buy-a-Bar – help commission a Diamond Jubilee composition

Reminisce with our unique Trianon Diamond Jubilee book

A Victorian Evening

Come on tour with us


If you were a past member or know someone who is then please get in touch 

Call 01394 448549 – or email


Below is an article from the EADT in 1960 showing the broad spectrum of interests TMG had back then. Kind thanks to Graham Ranson for digging this gem out!

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