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Autumn Concert

Phoenix Concert Band
St George's Church, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3BR
Saturday 14th November 2020

Leeds College of Music Wind Ensemble


Leeds College of Music Wind Ensemble
Monday 30th November 2020

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Article: Concert Report

Sax Choir in London

The National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain produced their best performance to date on Saturday. The wonderful setting of St John's in Smith Square Westminster provided a warm and clear acoustic which the players exploited in the varied programme of music by living composers.

Me and the big sax

The group played in a musical and mature manner. They were dynamically aware and this created space throughout the ensemble in which the many soloists were able to flourish.

The group were able to change style easily and each piece was given unique treatment, a skill which made the concert an enjoyable experience for the enthusiastic audience.

I know that in these pages I have been critical of this in the past. I particularly criticised the ensemble skills and attention to detail. I had also commented on the group not musically producing the sum of their parts.

It now gives me immense pleasure to be able to praise the efforts of the players in this concert.

In my experience, once a group has tasted this type of playing, they will never want to let it slip backwards.

The group was a pleasure to conduct; musical, flexible, powerful, accurate, and attentive.

In the cold light of day there would still be elements that could be criticised. The good things out-weighed the bad by so much that I would not dream of complaining. I will endeavour, simply to concentrate in rehearsal on those elements in the future.

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