NLSO – Dvorak, Bruckner and Beethoven

For the second concert of 2017 with North London Symphony Orchestra, we are delighted to present a programme including Bruckner’s dramatic 4th Symphony (Romantic), Dvorak’s sublimely melodic Violin Concerto (featuring soloist Mathilde Milwidsky, described by Maxim Vengerov as “an exceptional talent”), and Beethoven’s triumphal overture to “Fidelio”.

Details & Programme:

7:30pm* Saturday 8th July 2017
St James Church, St James Lane, Muswell Hill, N10 3DB
BEETHOVEN: Overture to “Fidelio”
DVORAK: Violin Concerto (Soloist: Mathilde Milwidsky)
BRUCKNER: Symphony no. 4 Conductor: Robert Max

Tickets are now available to book online at a discounted rate of £14
(£11 concessions, £7 under 16)

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Tickets can also be obtained, subject to availability, at the door at £15
(£12 concessions, £8 under 16).

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Green and Pleasant Lands with City of London Symphonic Winds

City of London Symphonic Winds present a concert of music with a theme “Green and Pleasant Lands” at St Silas Church , Penton Street, London N1 9UL.  Under the baton of MD David Smith, the band will play repertoire that illustrates or portrays the Green and Pleasant land that of Great Britain.


  • Hoddinott – Welsh Airs & Dances
  • Patterson – Lead, Kindly Light
  • Hesketh – Diaghilev Dances
  • Vaughan Williams – Flourish
  • Jackson – Passacaglia
  • Vaughan Williams – Linden Lea
  • Ireland – Downland Suite

Tickets and more information available from CLSW Website.

Paris – April 2017 – Easter Break

I’ve had the fortune to visit Paris on a number of occasions, until recently, always either destination for, or passing through some band related trip, so it was great to return as a tourist and spend some time in the city. (I’m not including spending hours waiting in Gare du Nord waiting to catch snow train to Moutier…. that is another story!)

The first time I visited was in 1985 when as part of an epic trip by our school band, the Mount Sion Silver Band, we stopped of in Paris en route too and from Geneva to participate in the International Year of Youth festival.  It was a quick overnight on the journey out, but we did do a sight seeing tour on the return leg.

The second time was en route to Waldaschaff in Germany with St Patricks Brass Band (now City of Waterford Brass) in 1987, also, if I remember correctly, we stopped of in Paris on our return journey, also doing a sight seeing tour from our coach.

Next time I was guest player with Ware Brass on Flugel Horn for their town twinning concert tour.  We travelled by coach from Ware, catching the eurotunnel, stopping off for some “supplies” at an off licence.  We were located in the suburbs where we played 2 concerts.  We also had a coach tour planned but we were involved in a road traffic accident on a roundabout, near Pont Neuf if I remember correctly. Anyway, we wiled the time away sipping coffee by the Seine.

The next trip was a fleeting day trip by EuroStar with the Central Band of the Royal British Legion to play at Arc de Triomphe for the arrival for the Help for Heros 3 day London to Paris Cycle.

Trumpeting at Arc de Triomphe today. #paris #trumpet with Royal British Legion Band #eclipsetrumpets

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This time, however, it was a proper tourist trip to Paris with MrsQ over Easter.  We packed quite a bit into a 4 day stay, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Rodin at the Grand Palais, went to the summit of the Tour Eiffel, mooched around the Louvre, visited Palais de Versaille and Notre Dame.  We ate traditional French fare at Reserve de Quasimodo and Bouillon Chartier had great croissants for breakfast.  Marvellous!


Paris - April 2017