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Phoenix Concert Band

Autumn Concert

Phoenix Concert Band
St George's Church, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3BR
Saturday 14th November 2020

Leeds College of Music Wind Ensemble


Leeds College of Music Wind Ensemble
Monday 30th November 2020

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Article: Concert Reports

The Weekend\'s Concerts

On Saturday the Phoenix Concert Band played in St. Margaret\'s Church in Horsforth as guests of the Airborough Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

The singers were very good and as guests Phoenix were expected to fill in items between the choir and soloists. The band played a programme designed to entertain and played very well throughout the evening. The music was well known by all the players and it showed. The rehearsals have been dominated by the LCM conductor assessments so it was up to the band to concentrate and produce and they did that well.

On Sunday NSWO put on a Cafe Culture Concert. It was only two weeks after the last concert which was full of material that we did not want to repeat in this one.

The group had a new challenge to deal with in this situation. They had to prepare the pieces very very quickly indeed. This means knowing the art of ensemble, phrasing, dynamics and style without those elements having to be rehearsed into every bar of the performance. It meant trusting players to get the notes and rhythms right and to quickly use their experience to create the NSWO sound. It also meant more pressure on the night as these were new pieces which needed skill and precision.

On the whole I was very proud of the performance and there were some excellent moments in a dry accoustic. It was inevitable that some mis-haps would occur, but I have to say that there was nothing very serious and on the whole the band played a difficult and tiring concert in a creditably musical way. Even if all of the pieces had been standard NSWO repertoire the environment and layout could have caused some minor ensemble issues. On the night these things did happen but they were few and far between and the orchestra worked hard to minimise such untidyness.

At the moment the NSWO seem to be able to handle any situation and this is very much to their credit.

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