After a frantic but good humoured rehearsal on Saturday at St Marks (where Ray made a fashion statement by turning up to conduct the ensemble in shorts!!) all our hard work finally paid off at the FGS 'Big Gig' day on Sunday! No photo of Ray in his shorts though--women and children might be viewing this site!!
Special thanks to all BGS members who contributed to our orchestral offering. You can see them below hard at it with Signor Scarlattis Sonata.
The Federation Day was a great success despite the closures of the Blackwall tunnel and the curious attempts by the road maintenance at Enfield Council, who obviously so loved our performances that they were not prepared to let us leave ...at least that is the only explanation I can come up with for the traffic congestion. Mind you it was just as bad at Dartford!!!
Still, despite those minor mishaps, it was a fantastic day and on behalf of all the Bromley Members I would like to thank Ray and his team at Enfield for organising the venue and the catering. I would also like to pay tribute to Cornelius Bruinsma's stewardship (and patience) in leading the mixed performance of all the FGS members- this was no mean feat! Cornelius did a great job in preparing us to tackle a few rather complex pieces such as the Valse Venezualean and a particularly tricky Canzon which for some members came as a bit of a surprise!! (Especially for your correspondent who only looked at it the night beforehand!!!).
I would also like to pay special tribute to the work that Ray Butcher put into getting us all ready for the event. The lengthy trip to Enfield and back yesterday reminded us all what a journey Ray makes every month to visit the BGS to cajole and encourage us to perfect our ensemble technique. His efforts are much appreciated by us all!
It was terrific to catch up with all the other Guitar Society Members yesterday and we look forward to seeing them again in 2011 when Bromley (and I can't believe that I am actually typing this, so I will say it again)...when BROMLEY BGS will be the host for the the Federation Meeting . Still we have time to sort out a few minor matters such as venues and catering- but I am aware that with Enfield GS we have a pretty big act to follow!
Keep the third week of June free in your diaries for 2011!!