Broken Consort

A 'broken consort' is an ensemble made up of instruments from more than one family, for example, a group featuring both string and wind instruments.

Thursday 23 February 2012

Class - 23rd February

We've had an interesting evening. When we arrived at the Church, our usual entrance displayed a sign stating it was problem...we have the key...but was bolted on the inside...thankfully, the other door, (which is usually bolted) was not, so we were able to get in. Upon entering the building, it became obvious why the door was not to be used...there was a grand piano wedged in front of it! Apparently, some work had been done to the floor, and the piano was not to be moved back into it's usual position until the floor had it had to remain in the doorway, which made for some interesting ensemble work!
We were all delighted to welcome George back this evening...although we did rather throw him in at the deep-end with some of our large ensemble pieces!

Small group items:
  • Quintet in F major by Pepusch - Judy, Penny, Diana, George, Theresa & Imogen 
  • Concerto in D minor by Telemann - Emily, Kath, Polly & Angela
  • Trio Sonata in D major by Boismortier - Annabel, Mike & Joan

Friday 10 February 2012

Class - 9th February

It was marginally warmer than last week inside the Church last night...despite the falling snow outside...and we continued to work on our large ensemble items...which are coming along nicely...although I'm expecting even more improvement next time, after all the furious half-term practising!

Small group items:
  • 'Scherzo & Trio in G minor' by Schubert (arr. Emerson) - Heather, Penny, Polly, Helen, Anya, Theresa & Mike
  • Concerto for Four Flutes by Telemann - Judy, Emily, Annabel & Kath
  • Trio Sonata in G minor by Telemann - Imogen, Diana & Joan

Friday 3 February 2012

Class - 2nd February was a bit brass monkeys in the Church at last night's rehearsal! With only a couple of the heaters producing any heat, the Church's heating was no match for the sub-zero temperature outside...but we bravely carried on despite our frozen fingers! Our large ensemble pieces are all improving...we even attempted the accelerando at the end of 'Shepherd's Hey'!

Small group items:
  • Quintet in F by J. C. Pepusch - Judy, Penny, Diana, Helen, Dermot & Imogen
  • 'Flower Duet' from 'Lakme' by Delibes (Arr. H. Brammer) - Annabel, Theresa & Mike
  • Suite in A minor by Telemann - Heather, Emily, Kath, Margaret & Angela