The February meeting was particularly well-attended, which was most encouraging.
Ray Butcher worked us hard with the FGS Day music and a lot of progress was made with both of our chosen pieces. In fact, by common consent, the meeting didn’t finish until almost 10:00 pm, such was the level of interest in practising the ensembles. Also, we enjoyed an hour of members playing their solos and duets, which were as follows:
Dave Hampton. Sonata K213 by Scarlatti.
Tom Rimmer.-Autumn Leaves by David Pash and Etude 5 by Leo Brouwer.
Marion Davis. Danza del Arpa by Vincent Lindsey-Clark.
Danny Kim. Romance d’Amor (Anon.)
Freddy Carvalho. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Jerome Kern.
Vince Chittenden/Larissa Lieberman. Gypsy Dance (Duet).
Vince Chittenden. Milonga by Jorge Cardoso.
Christine Dabrowa. Cavatina by Stanley Myers.
John Mann. Sons de Carrilhoes by Joao Pernambuco and Se Ela Perguntar by Dilermando Reis.
Rob Sellery. Fantasia in C Minor by Weiss and Passacaglia in D by Weiss.
Miles Roberts. Preludio Triston by Maximo Pujol and Valseana by Sergio Assad.
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The standard of playing throughout the whole evening was very high and members have been asked to make every effort to continue their strong measure of support for the remaining meetings, leading up to FGS Day on June 26. It will not be possible to play individual pieces or duets at the March meeting but this, hopefully, will not deter members from attending. We still have to practise the, as yet unknown, other ensemble music, which Cornelius Bruinsma will lead the massed societies in performing on FGS Day.