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 31 January 2013

Class - 24th January

We had another record turnout this week, as we welcomed back Penny from her travels. We also revisited an 'old favourite'...'The Ashokan Farewell' by Jay we've now begun working on all of the large ensemble pieces we'll be performing in our end of term concert. We have yet to rehearse the joint pieces ('I Feel Pretty' and 'Cantique de Jean Racine') with the Songbyrds, but are looking forward to the challenge!

Small group items:
  • Concerto in A minor by Telemann - George, Maureen, Penny, Judy, Rod, John, Anya, Nicola, Dermot, Margaret & Joan
  • 'Evesham Andante' by Elgar - Heather, Alison, Diana, Helen, Mike & Angela 
  • 'Dance a Cachucha' by Sullivan - Imogen, Polly, Kath & Theresa

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Class - 17th January

We had another couple of potential new members at last Thursday's class...Nicola on clarinet, and Rod on it was a record turn-out for the Broken Consort! As well as continuing with 'I Feel Pretty' and 'Slavonic Dance No. 8', we had our first read-through of 'Cantique de Jean Racine' by Faure - the other piece that we'll be performing with the Songbyrds at our end of term concert.

Small group items:
  • Concerto in E Minor by Telemann - Heather, Alison, Kath, John, Rod, Polly, Diana & Angela
  • 'Allegretto' by J.C. Bach (Arr. H. Brammer) - Judy, Annabel, Theresa, Dermot & Mike
  • 'Quartettino' by Scarlatti - George, Imogen, Maureen, Margaret & Joan

Sunday 13 January 2013

Class - 10th January

Happy New Year everyone! We had our first class of the term last Thursday, and welcomed back Anya (on clarinet) as well as Alison (on flute). We have an exciting collaboration planned for our end of term concert with the Songbyrds, and began working on one of the pieces we will be performing together, 'I Feel Pretty' from 'West Side Story' by Leonard Bernstein, as well as an old favourite 'Slavonic Dance No. 8' by Dvorak.

Small group items:
  • 'Rondeau' by Purcell (Arr. H. Brammer) - Alison, Judy, Helen, Polly, Margaret & Joan
  • Trio Sonata 'Le Romain' by Hotteterre - Imogen, Maureen & Angela
  • 'Che soave zeffiretto' from 'The Marriage of Figaro' by Mozart (Arr. H. Brammer) - Heather, Annabel, Theresa, Dermot, Mike, Kath, John & Diana