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three down, one to go…

Haydn Concerto with SELO – done… Overall, I think the performance went very well.  The Orchestra accompanied brilliantly, and it was a very (surprisingly) relaxing affair.  It was a fantastic experience to play a concerto with full orchestra, and especially to quite a large and very appreciative audience. National Finals with Regent Brass – done… Even got some good comments from the Judges…. Overall we finished, er.. in last place, but hey.. not to worry, there is always next year…

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Variety is the Spice of Life

If variety is the spice of life, I certainly have variety this coming Autumn/Winter with regard to the concerts and contests I have in my schedule so far! First up is my first time playing a full Concerto on Trumpet with the South East London Orchestra in September.  I will be playing the Haydn Concerto in Eb, which I’m sure everyone is familiar with, which makes my job that bit harder.  Also on the programme that afternoon is Weber’s Oberon…

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Reality Check?

Overall, a good day out yesterday at Masters, OK not the desired result, but you have to take the losses with same grace as victories. It is band contest after all, so many variables to try and control  and it is down to the judges decision in the end. We played more or less as well as we could and will take on board comments from judges as we prepare for nationals. Not hugely impressed with very negative live feed opinions from…

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On A Roll! Bring on the Masters!

It turns out the Regent Brass are on a roll.  2 contests in 2013, 2 first places… can we make it 3 in a row tomorrow at the Masters? This is my fifth time at the masters, having previously competed with Aveley & Newham (Chivalry 10th Place in 2003, Harrisons Dream 7th Place in 2004, Cloudcatcher Fells 11th Place in 2005,  Paganini Variations 19th Place 2006), this is my second time playing Championship level work by Eric Ball, A Kensington Concerto. Previously,…

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Success breeds success

… hopefully… Bit of a late posting on this topic really, but after many hours of practice, rehearsals, ups and downs, highs and lows in terms of morale, the day came, we waited our turn, went on stage and delivered a performance more or less to plan.  A short time later, Regent Brass were crowned 2013 London & Southern Counties Area Champions (Championship Section) by the judge, John Berryman. There was much rejoicing… 🙂 So what does this mean? For…

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