Friday, 7 October 2016

Benslow Woodwind Band 2016

Tutoring at Benslow again so just enough time to do a photo diary...

Luxury accommodation!

View from the bathroom window
The picture hanging outside my room has some harps on it.
Maybe this was an early Benslow course.
George tries out the contra

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Giggleswick Day 3

Choir rehearsal in school chapel

Student concert

Trying out the bass sax

Monday, 8 August 2016

Giggleswick Day 2

An intense couple of days with something happening all the time! Took a bit of time out this evening to go into the village. Went back to a cache site!
Bird watching

View from cache site

Can you guess where it might be?

View from footbridge

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Summer week of music in Yorkshire

Just starting my first ever week-long course tutoring clarinet choir, woodwind ensemble and chamber winds. Not sure how much time I'll have so will start these posts as a photo diary. Up in Giggleswick. Did Route 65 as it ran along the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

July 2015-July 2016

Been a bit busy and haven't upated the blog for a year. Also haven't really played the harp for a few months but will get back into it. Sorry to any readers who are still waiting to hear if Jan got her grade 3 and I'm pleased to report she did pass!

Lots of things have happened since then and I'll update on the various weddings and little performances when I get round to it. In the meantime work and life has centered around the single reed family!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Grade 3 Flute Preparation - Update

Just a quick update for those following the preparations for Janet's Grade 3 Flute exam (which is tomorrow!).

We had a lovely day at Burwell House today. Janet has been running a weekend residential for her Saturday Workshop String Orchestra. They had been rehearsing Beethoven 7 and Mozart's Overture to The Impresario. For the final rehearsal and run through she invited a few friends and colleagues to read through the wind and brass parts to get the complete sound so as no other clarinettists were available I was eventually invited along to make up the numbers. After a short wind and brass reehasral and an enjoyable Sunday roast myself and Janet set ourselves up. When we announced we were going to play some Mozart everyone assumed it would be the Flute and Harp Concerto. "Oh no, that's for next year. This is the Aria from Don Giovanni."

We got through it really well with a couple of minor slips from each of us and the audience applauded heartily at the end. They were however a tough crowd as they demanded some scales from Janet. She was insistent that wasn't necessary and hastily gathered the Men's Barbershop Chorus that had been rehearsing during the breaks from playing and drinking/eating over the weekend. They were followed by the Women's Barbershop ensemble who sang Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man, all really well sung! It was then back into the house to perform the orchestral pieces and the strings also did the Waltz from Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.

The sun shone and the atmosphere was relaxed and full of music and merriment so if we can get our examiner to engage in a little of that tomorrow afternoon we should do really well. A full report to follow tomorrow!