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Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra

Christmas Concert

Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra
St Margaret's Church, Aspley
Saturday 2nd December 2017

Phoenix Concert Band

Joint Christmas Concert with the Beckett Choir

Phoenix Concert Band
Great Hall, James Graham Building, Leeds Beckett University Headingley Campus
Thursday 7th December 2017

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A busy Sunday

At 7.30am Sunday 21st March it was clearly going to be a long and arduous day and I just realised I needed fuel for the car as well. The trip to Nottingham, apart from all the road works still causing delays on the M1, was quite a good drive. I managed to stop to grab a coffee at a services. It tasted like muddy water- how do they get away with it?

When I arrived I found the Joe Curtis (thanks Joe) had produced the parts for the arrangement of Sweeny Todd. I had been looking forward to trying it out as it had taken months to do.

It was very encouraging to hear how well NSWO coped with some of the awkward passages and how well some of the simpler passages came across.

The rest of the rehearsal went very well although there were a few missing parts. At the break I was given a preview of the recordings which I listened to in the car on the way to the next rehearsal in Tadcaster.

The recordings were good on the whole with a lot of the musical interest captured with a degree of accuracy. I am sure that people will enjoy the CD when it is finally mixed with maybe a tiny bit of high end ambience to spice it up.

It was never going to be possible to reach Tadcaster in time for the start of the YWO rehearsal. This rehearsal was vital due to the one that was cancelled two weeks ago.

A very good orchestra, about to play a concert after rehearsing for 2 hours in the last 5 weeks? Can it work?

I eventually got there and did as much rehearsal as possible although I still didn\'t have a full group. The group didn\'t just need rehearsal, they needed some \"flying hours\". A need just to play together and get the feel of the ensemble.

Just time after the reheasal to get changed and grab a bite to eat and some more coffee to fight the fatigue.

The first half went very well due to a huge amount of concentration and to be honest, experience of the YWO players. Many of the long standing members know what it is like to be a little short of rehearsal time.

The complicated stuff was in the second half and the sheer time spent playing together in the first half brought the ensemble back to something like it the standard it should be at. Many good things happened in the second half and no disasters either.

Congratulations to all.

Then time to whizz home and see if the football recorded on Sky+. It didn\'t, but results rounded off a pretty successful day all things considered.

There are five things I like to do on concert days.

1. Be fully prepared

2. Be in good time without hurrying or rushing about.

3. Be showered, scrubbed up relaxed and ready to perform.

4. Not have a massive rehearsal- a sound test and seating rehearsal is enough.

5. Have time to get my head together without too many hassles before the concert begins.

Yesterday I was 0-5 down before it started but somehow we made it work.

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