Conductor’s Notes – 17th April

A great start to the new term, with the two weeks before Easter, and then starting again on Monday. We’ve now handed out all of the music, so time to get stuck in at home on practicing it all. I know that the music may seem daunting, but we’ll work very hard and thoroughly on it all, and I look forward to bringing it all to life.

What we did on Monday 17th April:

We played through the Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet, and worked on the ending, including some of the trickier rhythms in the final ‘sword fight’ sequence. After the break we played through the Mussorgsky Night on a Bare Mountain and Saint-Saens Danse Macabre. We took both under-speed to begin with, but also had a bit of a play ‘at tempo’.

What we’ll do on Monday 24th April:

I’d like to begin by working on the Tchaikovsky in the first half of the rehearsal, and then look at the Mussorgsky Night on a Bare Mountain and The Gnome in the second half of the rehearsal. Other Dates: A reminder of other dates this term – normal Monday rehearsals between now and the concert *Apart from Monday 8th May. Saturday 3rd June – Afternoon rehearsal at Adrian’s house (14:00-17:30) Saturday 24th June – Concert, with afternoon rehearsal (13:30-16:30)

Spotify Playlist

The Spotify Playlist for the term is HERE. Do please give it a listen, or find the pieces on YouTube – listening to them regularly will help ingrain the tricky bits. See you all on Monday 24th. – Ben