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.

Friday 31 August 2012

Summer Music @ Judy's

We had our last summer music session of the year last night, at Judy's new house. I think she must have chosen it for the lovely large room we had to play in, which was just as well as there was rather a lot of us to accommodate! In keeping with tradition, we each selected a piece to play at random, from our ever-increasing libray!

Here's what we played:
  • 'Allegro Assai' from Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 by J.S. Bach
  • 'Andante' from Symphony No. 94  ('Surprise') by Haydn
  • 'Hallelujah Chorus' from 'The Messiah' by Handel
  • 'Romance' from 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' by Mozart
  • 'My Bonny Boy' from 'Folk Song Suite' by Vaughan Williams
  • 'Mesto' from 'English Dances' by Malcolm Arnold
  • 'Marche Militaire' by Schubert
  • 'Toccata' from 'Pulcinella' by Stravinsky
  • 'Rondo' from 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' by Mozart
  • 'Scilienne' by Faure
  • 'The Ashokan Farewell' by Jay Ungar
  • 'Allegro risoluto' from 'English Dances' by Malcolm Arnold
  • Overture to 'The Marriage of Figaro' by Mozart
And after all that lot, we had earned our feast! Thank you to Judy for hosting a most enjoyable evening!

A quick reminder before I go, that our new term begins on Thursday 20th September.

Friday 24 August 2012

Summer Music @ Annabel's

We had our second summer music gathering of the holiday last night, this time hosted by Annabel. Again the music was selected at's what we played:
  • 'Tirolese' from 'Soirees Musicales' by Benjamin Britten
  • 'Promenade' from 'Pictures at an Exhibition' by Mussorgsky
  • 'Chanson de Matin' by Elgar
  •  'Waltz' by Shostakovich
  • 'Sinfonia' from 'Pulcinella' by Stravinsky
  • 'Polka' from 'Jazz Suite No. 1' by Shostakovich
  • 'Minuetto' from 'L'Arlesienne' by Bizet
  • 'Capriol Suite' by Peter Warlock
  • 'Allegro moderato' from 'Brandenburg Concerto No. 3' by J. S. Bach
  • 'Peer Gynt Suite No. 1' by Greig
After playing, we enjoyed a delicious feast...I don't have a photo of us this time, but did snap the cakes before they were devoured!

Thanks for a lovely evening Annabel...see (some of) you again next week!

Friday 3 August 2012

Summer Music @ Heather's

We had our first 'Summer Music' session of the holiday last night, hosted by Heather. It was a lovely evening, and we entertained Heather's neighbours with a selection of some of our old favourites...picked at random. Here's what we played:
  • 'Allegro Assai' from 'Brandenburg Concerto No.2' by J S Bach
  • 'Hallelujah Chorus' from 'The Messiah' by Handel
  • 'Folksongs from Somerset' from 'English Folksong Suite by Vaughan Williams
  • 'Wedding Day at Troldhaugen' by Grieg
  • 'Sicilienne' by Faure
  • 'Romance' from 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'by Mozart
  • 'Chanson de Nuit' by Elgar
  • 'Overture' to Suite in B minor by J S Bach
  • 'Alla hornpipe' from 'The Water Music' by Handel
  • Overture to 'The Marriage of Figaro' by Mozart
After the music making, there was of course some food and drink to be enjoyed...a most delicious spread! You can see the aftermath in this panoramic photo below:

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Thank you to Heather for a wonderful evening...I can confirm that you will recieve a 5* rating!

PS - I have updated the dates for next term on the 'Term Dates' page (click the tab at the top of the page to view).