October Meeting 2013

Gosh, hasn’t October come and gone all of a sudden? For your correspondent it is the month when  he has celebrated his SIXTIETH birthday. He is now an official old fart-  mind you his kids have been reminding him of this fact  for years!!

Meanwhile back to the business in hand!

A great turn out for the night- at least twenty members plus a new member

Our new look Ensemble Aerobics commenced with a bang and a boom (or a pluck and a strum) thanks to the outstanding efforts of  Dave Hampton who furnished a range of popular ensemble pieces for the group. It was a great way to get the fingers warmed up and provided some amusement, (actually a great deal of amusement) as we worked our way through a range of the popular light classics.  Thanks again Dave for getting  the aerobics pluckathon off to a great start..
 If other members have a set of ensemble pieces they would like to use for the next meeting please  bring them along!

After a break we were entertained  to some excellent solos including

• Trevor Pike  Moon River (Henry Mancini)
• Freddy Carvalho La Chanson D’Orphee (Luiz Bonfa)
• Tom Rimmer  Mrs White’s Choice ( Dowland)
• Vince Chittenden A Casinha Pequenina (Jose Barrense Dias) Choros (Jane Domingos Semenzato)
• Dave Hampton  Allemande (Partita 2) (J S Bach)
• John Mann  Fandanguillo (Turina)
• Miles Roberts Across The Plain (G Ryan)

However we couldn’t complete the evening without  another final rehearsal of that old Norwegian Herring Mr Grieg and his Holberg Suite. We think we are now ready to face the Beckenham and Maidstone festivals!!

A special thanks to Den for chairing the meeting, to  Dave and John for leading the ensembles and to Larisa and Trevor  for the  sterling work in providing us all with much needed refreshments-  All that plucking  gives you a thirst!!

Welcome Kate
A special welcome to our newest member,   Kate Hughes, who joined after attending for the first time on Saturday. 
Great to have you on board Kate!!

Diary Events
 Beckenham Festival    10th November at 4pm
Venue Marian Vian School Shirley Crescent, Elmers End, Beckenham  BR3 4AZ
 It is suggested we meet at the school at 3pm and find a room to practice in.

Maidstone festival   24th November
Venue : Invicta Grammar School
Huntsman Lane Maidstone Kent ME14 5DS

9 - 11.15 am classes (Bromley ensemble should be 11ish),
11.15 - 11.30 coffee break,
11.30 am - 1pm Masterclass overflow session,
1 - 2 pm lunch break,
2 - 3.30 pm workshop,
3.30 - 3.45 pm tea break,
3.45 - 5.30 pm masterclass session.
Tessa thinks it will be 5.45-6 pm ish at her place in Maidstone for party and food (ie after the workshop). Partners, friends etc welcome to come along too.

Gary Ryan Workshop (Maidstone 24th November))
The workshop will cover
Tone production
Performance nerves
How to practise!
Harmonics, percussive effects and weird stuff
Attendance for the Workshop is £5.00
Please email Shirley (bgstickets@gmail.com ) for further details

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