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 29 November 2012

Class - November 22nd

We're into the final preparations for our end of term concert now...the large ensemble pieces ('Les Patineurs' (by Waldteufel), 'Mack the Knife' and 'Tango Ballad' (by Kurt Weill) are sounding good...and we were busy practising lots of the smaller group pieces too.

Small group items:
  • 'Kegelstatt Trio' by Mozart - Helen, Polly & Angela 
  • 'Plaisir d'amour' by Martini - Penny, Margaret & Imogen 
  • 'Let it Snow/Winter Wonderland' (Arr. James Hayes) - Heather, Annabel, Theresa, Dermot & Mike
  • Quintet in F by Pepusch - George, Maureen, Judy, Kath, John & Joan

Thursday 22 November 2012

Class - 15th November

Ooops...totally forgot to do this (again!).
With the concert only a couple of weeks away, everything is coming together nicely...and we even managed to get through the opening section of 'Les Patineurs' without me stamping my foot to keep us in time! 

Small group items:
  • '1920's Ragtime Bassoons' by Mike Walton - Mike, Helen, Margaret & Diana
  • Sonata in F major by Schickhardt - Heather, Imogen, Margaret & Joan
  • 'Sarabande' from 'Suite 11' by Handel - Judy, George, Maureen, Dermot, Kath, John & Mike
  • 'Allegro molto' by Beethoven (Arr. H. Brammer) - Penny, Polly, Theresa & Angela

Monday 12 November 2012

Class & AGM - 8th November

We were at full capacity at last week's class...we even had another prospective new member (Maureen on treble recorder) too! So, we were able to make good progress with our full group pieces...and also managed to whizz through lots of the small ensemble items for next month's concert before a record-breaking AGM - all done in 15 minutes...perhaps aided by some yummy belgium chocolates!

Small group items:
  • 'Kegelstatt Trio' by Mozart - Helen, Polly & Angela
  • 'Five Gershwin Melodies for Four Woodwinds' (Arr. Denwood ) - Heather, Diana, Theresa & Mike
  • 'Sarabande' from 'Suite 11' by Handel - Judy, George, Maureen, Dermot, Kath, John & Mike
  •  Sonata in F major by Schickhardt - Heather, Imogen, Annabel & Joan
  • 'Plaisir d'amour' by Martini - Penny, Margaret & Imogen

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Class - 1st November

Well...I didn't expect to spend the whole evening sat at a piano, but as we were (almost) pianist-less at last Thursday's class, that's what happened! Despite my best efforts to distract everyone with my piano playing...(well I was reading the parts off the score...with many, many pages!)...we managed to rehearse everthing, although it did sound rather 'empty' in places, as we were missing rather a lot of players.

Small group items:
  • Boismortier Sonata in D minor & Corelli 'Air & Dance' - Penny, John, Theresa, Dermot & Helen
  • J. C. Bach Quintet in C major - Heather, Judy, Kath, Polly, Margaret & Imogen
In other's our AGM during the next class.