Harlequin Brass Ensemble
University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield HD1 3DH.
Sunday 2nd June 2013
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The Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra had to arrive for an early rehearsal on Saturday in order to take part in a charity event which included a choir, a children's choir and three soloists. The group were playing on stage with lit music stands so that a lot of the programme could take place in a relative blackout as it was a theatre orchestra role that they were asked to play at times.
Sitting on stage, in the dark, not knowing quite when the next programme item will be is quite challenging and could cause all sorts of problems with a less experienced group. This group managed the task very well.
I was impressed with the discipline, the concentration, attention to detail and commitment of the players.
Every time I walked onto the stage to conduct this orchestra I was proud and pleased that I could stand in front of them.
On another occasion I am certain that this experience will help them to cope with similar situations where tuning after a long break needs attention and alertness to the acoustic subtleties will be similarly handled.
Although a few regular supporters were there to cheer the group on, I am sure that amongst the 500 strong audience, some new fans will have been found.
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