There are winners, there are losers, but when music is reduced to a sport, we all lose…

… unless you win, of course… when, of course, it is all right.

Areas, 2nd to Last, Senior Trophy, Last… enough…. Paul Archibald sums it up rather eloquently in his blog post.

No more brass band contests for me for a while, concentrating on music making, concert repertoire and accepting the fact that in amateur music making, mistakes happen in live performance.  So what…

I do pass on my congratulations to those who were placed and gained promotion, especially to our local friends and rivals Friary Guildford Band.  Despite the results, both contests were great fun with Regent Brass and it was great to catch up with so many banding chums from across he country.

Moving on…. next up major concerts for me are:-

CLSW – City of London Symphonic Winds “American Music Special” in St. Sepulchre,  Holborn Viaduct on Sunday 8th June.  Concert programme to include…

  • Gershwin: An American in Paris
  • Eric Whitacre: Lux Arumque
  • John Williams: Superman March
  • Jim Parker: A Londoner in New York
  • Frank Ticheli: Blue Shades

Some of it I know, some I don’t, which is what makes it interesting and exciting.  For more information see CLSW Website.

This followed in July by NLSO – North London Symphony Orchestra summer concert on Saturday 5 July 2014 where we will play a programme of Russian Music (Hmm, cold war rehearsals… am I some kind of double agent?).  We are back at our usual venue in Palmers Green, United Reformed Church Palmers Green N13 4AL.

  • SHOSTAKOVICH: Festive Overture
  • TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto no. 1 Soloist: Robert Bridge
  • RACHMANINOV: Symphony no. 2

The fantastic Robert Bridge is back as guest soloist on Piano.  Robert has featured a number of times and is always phenomenal.

I am looking forward to music making, without judgement….