Regent Brass

Regent Brass – Pre-Contest Performance Lawrence Hall UWL

Regent Brass team up with their sister band Regent Community band to take the opportunity to run through their respective set test pieces for the forthcoming London & Southern Counties regional Brass Band contest.  Under the baton of Nick Thompson the band will perform the set test, Land of the Long White Cloud by Philip Sparke.  Regular band Musical Director Paul Archibald will take the helm for a performance of Malcolm Arnold’s Suite for Brass.  Regent Community Band, conducted by…

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Regent Brass Brass on the Grass 2014

Looking forward to an exciting programme of music with Regent Brass under MD Paul Archibald in the wonderful surroundings of Westminster College Gardens. For more information, see Regent Brass website. Brass on the Grass – Westminster College Gardens : Wed 23rd 12:30pm — Regent Brass (@RegentBrass) July 19, 2014

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Music as a Sport

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…

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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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