For those of you who didn't make last Saturday's Pluck'n Strum (July 19th for those who don't read the newsletter), you missed a treat!! The Bromley Guitar Society and the Lewisham BMG Orchestra led by Ian Segui got together and did we cook up a musical storm!!
We managed to even drown out the usual Saturday night cacophony provided by the Bromley police car sirens (although they did pop up to share the limelight with the solo performances later on in the evening.) I think it was the first time I could remember where the walls of the meeting room were expanding in and out to accommodate the ensemble performance!!
A lot of work went into the planning of the meeting and I would like to especially thank Ian Segui for all the work he went to in organising us all. Ian also had a long way to travel so his efforts were much appreciated. It made for a great evening's entertainment and fun. I am sure it will be the first of many 'get togethers'.
Along with the members of the BMG Orchestra we performed the following pieces
- Song of the Rose
- Gypsy Love
- Les Enfants du Piree (Never on a Sunday....which was just as well as it was Saturday!!
We were also treated to some great mandolin performances from the 'Silver Belles' trio.
Members of the BGS also provided some great solo performances.Len Ivell took us for a tour of the Mexican Countryside with his arrangement of Mexican Songs.
Rebecca Clifford performed Bach's Prelude, Fugue and Allegro (BMV998) while your correspondent trotted out Packington's Pound on the Lute Guitar and also managed to trip over the odd branch or two while walking through the 'Woods So Wilde'.
Click here to listen to the pieces.
A special thanks should be also extended to Trevor Pike again for stepping up and providing refreshments for all the members. It was really appreciated.
As the Summer break kicks in, there will be no meeting until September. However the Lewisham Mandolin Society meet regularly at St Georges Church hall in Beckenham every Monday at 7:30 and I know that they would welcome any guitarists to join with them. Visit the BMG web site for more details
Please remember to keep the 18th of October free in your diaries for the Amanda Cook Concert. More news about concert bookings will be available by the end of August.