Monday 07.03.22

Brilliant rehearsal on Monday, everyone. I’m so pleased with how the Symphony went, and I think we’re in a really good position for the concert, having now run both halves. I think it’s also shown us just the small bits we need to work on, both in rehearsal and in our own practice.

What we did on 07.03.22

Very good run of the Symphony no. 8 – yes, a little rough round the edges, but I think it was so useful for us all to feel what it’s like to do the work from beginning to end. There was some excellent work done in the second half of the rehearsal, and I feel like the two outer movements are extremely solid. The inner two movements just need a touch more practice, and I’m conscious that the 3rd movement needs the most work.

What we will do on 14.03.22

Sectionals this week! Wind and Brass will be in the downstairs library with me, and strings will be up in the main hall with Dan.

Please note that the timings and suggested sections are just an example. Please feel free to raise your concerns with parts of the music in the sectionals – they’re for you to feel happier and more confident with the music.

19:30-19:45 – Working tutti in the hall on Dvorak Slavonic Dance no. 3.
19:45-20:25 – Sectionals on the Slavonic Dances no. 3, 4, and 8.
20:25-20:35 – Break.
20:35-21:00 – Sectionals on the Symphony no. 8, movements 2 & 3.
21:00-21:15 – Sectionals on Invitation to the Dance.
21:15-21:30 – Tutti in the hall on Invitation to the Dance.

The Spotify Playlist

is here. Hopefully it’s helpful in learning the music, and refining our interpretation of it.

Piece of the Week

In celebration of International Women’s Day on Tuesday this week, I wanted to share with you a piece by a composer who, until around this time last year, I’d not heard of – Florence Price’s Symphony no. 1. Completed in 1932 and performed in 1933 by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Price’s first symphony was the first symphony by a Black woman to be performed by a major American orchestra. The 3rd movement, Juba Dance, (an African-American style of dance that involves stomping as well as slapping), was the first part of the symphony I heard, and I was hooked so had to find out more. I hope you enjoy that movement as much as I do!
Listen HERE.

See you all on Monday 14th!

– Ben

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