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Concert Day

It’s always exciting. It’s the day we’ve been working towards and now it’s upon us. We rehearse all afternoon and realise what, in the illustrious position at the rear of the second violins, we have known all along – there are some passages we can’t play and no amount of[...]

The last throes of rehearsal

‘You’re dragging, like a dog that doesn’t want to go for a walk’.  We are too, funny how we slow down on the tricky sections, play louder when it’s easier even if it’s marked piano, just get carried away by the music… that’s it, we’re carried away by the music…[...]

From brass to strings

Monday evening means playing double bass at the ever friendly BCCO. For me it marked the start of a week with seven rehearsals or concerts – a double bass player, even one of a modest grade 6 standard, is in constant demand. Bass playing is a different world to the other[...]

Key signatures and accidentals

Monday 13 March 2017 With just three more rehearsals before our concert on 1 April Sam took us through some detailed work on Sibelius’ Karelia Suite; dynamics seemed to be the biggest focus for most members of the orchestra but for the flute section, it was key signatures and accidentals (which, strangely,[...]

It’s all about the dynamics in this piece!

Monday 6 March 2017 Tonight we are rehearsing Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony. It has been a while since we, as an orchestra, have played all of it in one rehearsal. There is a palpable sense of apprehension in the air tonight, especially among the strings. There are some tricky passages in[...]