Christmas and Other Celebrations!


Firstly, congratulations to the BGS for coming first at the Beckenham Music Festival, winning the Strover Cup for the second time, with Honours! WELL DONE TO EVERYONE, particularly John for leading us, and the ensemble players themselves. You know who you are!

We can all be proud of the excellent feedback we received from Amanda Cook:

"A fantastic group sound created here with effective clarity of parts and good use of tonal and dynamic changes bought character and variety to the music"

"... the delicate and graceful atmosphere was great to hear from such a large group"

 See below for the complete version of the written feedback.

...and in other news...


The December meeting saw fifteen of us turn up for some Christmas cheer. Although it wasn't that cheery starting off with sight-reading arrangements of Vocalise by Rachmaninoff and Quebra-cabe├žas by Nazareth! Luckily Trevor was on hand in the break, providing us with some seasonal refreshments to bring us all back into cheeriness!

We were then treated to some musical festive fare by this evening's solos and duets.

Tom Coventry Carol (trad)
 A Virgin Most Pure
Victoria Eterna Saudade (Dilermando Reis)
John and Toby Branle de St Nicholas (Jakut Polak)
Andrew Fantasia (Francesco de Milano)

The evening was rounded off with the ensemble playing some traditional carols.

This was the last meeting of the year. We hope to see everyone back in the New Year, ready for lots more enjoyable guitar playing!

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