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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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Article: Review

Square Chapel Concert

A 4.00pm concert is a bit of a nightmare for me as this is my lowest ebb in terms of daily energy. I've always found this to be my least productive time and would always be careful about driving any distance at that time of day.

However, after a long two weeks of school residentials, rehearsals and evening performances, also after a drive to Nottingham and an intensive rehearsal and return trip I found myself devoid of energy before the sound check.

So 20 minutes of power snoozing later the YWO was ready to play a complex but mouth watering programme of quality music for winds.

I was impressed with the maturity of the groups playing and the responsive feel to the music. This group has always had a very deep understanding of their pieces and the fact that it is full of great players and experienced performers makes conducting them an exciting prospect.

The orchestra enjoyed having an appreciative audience and rose to the occasion, producing a fine reading of Danceries and a colourful performance of the David Bedford.

The Percy Grainger was played with commitment and authority, exploiting the genius of the scoring where ever possible. The concert ended with some beautiful playing in the Horovitz which shows the respect that the orchestra has for his music.

To stand in front of this group and find them applauding the conductor at the end of such a concert is a moving and inspiring feeling which I shall miss until our next concert together in August 2009.

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