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It was another somewhat 'cosy' turnout for the June meeting with an attendance of ten. This was a good thing to some extent; the meeting consisted primarily of those playing the ensemble piece on FGS day. With only a week to go before the big day, it allowed us to concentrate on Fauré's Sicilienne without boring non-FGS folk to death!
Half time coffee and savoury refreshments were kindly provided by Trevor. There seemed to be an extended refreshment break with everyone chatting longer than usual, maybe because there was only a couple of solo performances this evening.
There was definitely an accidental Gaelic theme to the solo pieces:
The Lakes of Killarney and Killarney Jig by David Burden
Spancil Hill, written by Michael Considine in a traditional Irish style.
After the break, John Mann guided us through a bit more ensemble practice and then introduced us to a fun piece called Moto Perpetuo by Roy Chilton. It contains lots of interesting bits, like palm-muted chords and rather discordant modulations. This could become a regular warm-up piece for the ensemble in future.
The next meeting is Saturday 18th July.
Hope to see you all there.