April performance for BDFAS

April performance for the Beckenham Decorative and Fine Arts Society Spring Dinner at the Langley Park Golf Course

We have been practising hard for this event seemingly forever! Tonight was the night. When we arrived we had to wait around for a while before we were due to perform. I think we were all quite nervous. All eleven of us waited in an upstairs room with John giving us some last minute advice and encouragement. Then the time was upon us and we all shuffled downstairs with our guitars and into the spotlight. We were playing to a group of diners, between courses. They all quietened down after we had been introduced and we began our set. The first section consisted of:

Ensemble  Sarabande and Gavotte from the Holberg Suite Op.40 (Grieg)
Vince Chittenden and
 Larisa Lieberman
 Andante, Op. 55 No. 1 (Fernando Sor)
 Larghetto Sostenuto, Op. 96 no. 2 (Ferdinando Carulli)
Ensemble Yesterday (Lennon/McCartney, arr. André Couasnon)

 Greensleeves (Trad., arr. J. Compton)
Thorben Louw Cavatina (Stanley Myers)
 Rosita (Francisco Tárrega)

The first set went very well. The audience seemed to have really enjoyed it and we had played well. Once again we waited in the room upstairs, but now we were not so nervous and were quite animated by it. Soon it was time for the second set:

Ensemble  Ballad from the Dance Suite (Mark Houghton)

 Romance Without Words (Gabriel Fauré, arr. G Garcia)
Andrew Ferrier Divinere (Ludovico Einaudi)
Ensemble Nota Bene (Luc Lévesque)
 Alta Vista Peter Nuttall)

After our performance we received great applause and some very nicely-worded accolades from the group's spokesperson. I think we all thoroughly enjoyed our first 'gig'. Well done to all of us, especially the soloists who braved it alone!

Upcoming events

In addition to the usual Saturday night practices, there are some other events of interest coming up. Click on the links for more information:

MUSIC MIXOLOGY classical guitar, piano and voice
Tamara McCoy and Valerie Hartzell

London Guitar Orchestra free coffee concert

2016 Annual meeting of the Federation of Guitar Societies

Recital at St Marks Church by Zoran Dukic

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