It has been a good break but we were all glad to be back to rehearsal this week. The consensus was that the Palace concert had gone really well, despite the challenges of playing in the theatre for the first time and not having the opportunity to rehearse and hear what the acoustics were like.
Colum was kind to us and got us back into it gently playing some of the old music. We also practiced Flutopia, with Colum announcing that it would feature in the Christmas Concert - with the flutes "instructed" to learn it so that it could be played from memory!
We ended at the break this week with the second half of the rehearsal helping Bob sort the music that had been handed in. Lucky he did have help as it took ages to sort it into instrument order!
Finally, welcome to Sarah on alto sax; glad she enjoyed the evening and look forward to seeing her next week. Also, welcome back to Rebekah on bassoon. See you all next Tuesday and hopefully also the others who couldn’t make it tonight.
Looking forward to getting back to rehearsals on Tuesday 30 September after our two week break and welcoming Sarah, Rachel and Henry on alto saxes; it will also be nice to see Rebekah again on bassoon. Only received a few apologies for absence so hopefully there will be well over 40 of us there tomorrow. Don’t be late as there’ll be some equipment shifting to do!
If you have any music, make sure you bring it with you please as it has to be handed in ready for our new music.
Listening to the band as a member of the audience, on the other side of the stage, was a new experience for me. Of course I expected the band to play well, but the performance exceeded expectations. The programme began with a tight and rhythmic performance of “The lmperial March”, a convincing forerunner to the evening after which, the band never looked back.
Highlights were provided by Shelby’s warm and delicate euphonium playing of “Music of the Night” and the soaring, exciting voice of Rebecca with “Ave Maria”. Mention must also be made of the accompaniment in these two items, when the band’s sensitive playing appropriately balanced the soloists’ renderings. Other solo sections in various pieces, were expertly given by principals of the band and volubly appreciated by the audience.
Within the programme’s title of the concert ”Music from Films and Shows”, there was something for everyone; ballads, traditional marches, classical, popular and contemporary pieces. An excellent choice of music, which in fact, appeared to entertain everyone. The finale, a resounding “William Tell Overture”, was not quite enough to satisfy an eager audience, which reluctantly accepted that the concert was finally over after several encores of “Radetzky March”.
Colum confidently and expertly conducted the band and compered throughout, entertaining an audience of all ages with good and bad jokes, ditties and asides.
Congratulations to everyone involved with a superb evening’s entertainment. I look forward to playing with the band again in October.