Annual Workshop Day

February 19th, 2018

On 17th February Trinity Band enjoyed their 10th all-day repertoire workshop.  Held annually, these workshops allow the band to work on new repertoire under the guidance of a prestigious guest conductor.  This year for the second time we were led by Duncan Stubbs, until recently the Principal Director of Music of the RAF Music Services.  These occasions are a golden opportunity for the band to develop its musicality and understanding of ensemble playing as well as enjoying some socialising that is not always possible at our weekly rehearsals.

After a warm-up with “Adventure Island” by Andrew Pearce we rehearsed “Exultate” by Samuel Hazo, “Dark Lochnagar” by Nigel Hess, Alfred Reed’s “Second Suite” and “Ghosts” by Stephen McNeff.  Each piece posed different challenges – awkward time signatures in Exultate, Latin style in the Second Suite, balance and intonation in Dark Lochnagar and atmosphere in Ghosts.  These pieces by renowned composers show the wealth of repertoire available for concert band.

Like an army, this band marches on its stomach!  As Duncan Stubbs remarked, these occasions are also a “cake-fest”, with the baking skills of band members on show in the breaks.  We were delighted to see Theresa, our principal saxophonist, with her new baby Tabitha, who joined the handful of supporters to hear our final “concert” performance.  Altogether, another successful day both musically and socially.”

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