Monday 14.03.22

Well done on Monday’s rehearsal. It’s been so good to do sectionals, and I’m so pleased with how they were sounding. A massive thanks and congratulations to our Leader, Dan, who ran his first rehearsal with the strings. Time for personal practice now…

What we did on 14.03.22

A good warm up of Movement 3 of the Slavonic Dances to warm up. Then, winds, well done for putting up with my sectional – I’m so pleased with the work we did on the Slavonic Dances and the Symphony no. 8, Movement 2 & 3. Strings, when I heard you you sounded brilliant, and Dan tells me you worked incredibly hard for him!

What we will do on 21.03.22

I’d like to really solidify the inner movements of the Symphony, as well as the Weber.

19:30 – 20:00 – Symphony no. 8, Movement 2.
20:00 – 20:30 – Symphony no. 8, Movement 3.
20:40 – 21:30 – Invitation to the Dance.

Please note, Trombones you’ll not be needed this week – sorry, and enjoy the pub!

The Spotify Playlist

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

Piece of the Week

This week’s piece is a piece very special to me – William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. I’ve sung it a few times, and listen to it roughly once a month. Although it’s a choral-orchestral work, don’t let this put you orchestra-purists off; the instrumental writing in this piece is just breathtaking, and his orchestration is insane – every time I hear it I pick out something new and go “Wow! I’d never noticed that before!”
It’s one of my favourite pieces, and I hope you all like it too.
Listen HERE.

See you all on Monday 21st!

– Ben