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 May 2013

Class - 23rd May

We were still rather depleted in numbers this week (with only one flute!) but managed to make progress with our large ensemble pieces, as well as trying our possible concert pieces in our small groups.

Small group items:
  • 'A Musical Joke' by Mozart (Arr. H. Brammer) - Theresa, Nicola & Helen
  • Concerto in A Minor by Vivaldi - George, Maureen, Diana, Margaret & Angela
  • Concerto in C Major by Vivaldi - Imogen, Annabel, Kath, John, Rod, Mike & Joan
It's our half-term break next week, so we'll be back in a fortnight.

Thursday 16 May 2013

Class - 16th May

We were reuntied this week, and it was time to try our final large ensemble piece...'Overture' to 'The Mastersingers of Nurenburg' by Wagner...despite the fact that I've edited it (and cut quite a lot out!) it's still fairly epic! We were missing a few people this week, but still managed to make good progress with our other pieces.

Small group items:
  • 'Summer Sketches' by Alfred Castle - Alison, Polly, Theresa & Nicola
  • 'Variations on "La ci darem la mano" from Mozart's "Don Giovanni"' by Beethoven - Heather, Helen & Mike
  • Trio Sonata in G Major by Telemann - Judy, Kath & Joan
  • Quartet in C Minor by Schickhardt - George, Imogen, John, Dinana & Angela

Thursday 9 May 2013

Class - 9th May

We were split across two locations this week...with some of us at Kath's house, and the rest at Mike & Angela's. We weren't able to rehearse our large ensemble pieces this evening, but that did mean that we had plenty of time for lots of small group's what we played:

At Kath's House:
  • Sonata in G Major by Tartini - Alsion, Judy & Margaret
  • Trio Sonata in G Minor by Telemann - George, Kath, John & Joan
  • Concerto No. 5 by Pepusch - Alison, George, Judy, Kath, John, Margaret & Joan
At Mike & Angela's:
  • Sonatas in F Major & G Minor by Finger - Imogen, Helen, Diana, Nicola & Angela
  • Prelude & Fugue by J. S. Bach - Heather, Polly & Mike
  • 'Slavonic Dances' by Dvorak - Diana, Helen, Nicola & Mike
  • Quartet in C Minor by Janitsch - Heather, Imogen, Polly & Angela 
Thank you to our hosts for a lovely evening!

Thursday 2 May 2013

Class - 2nd May

We continued to work on the movements from the 'Soirees Musicales'   (Britten/Rossini) and the Brandenburg Concerto (J. S. Bach), and we're starting to make progress...although I think we're going to need to pick up quite a lot of speed in the latter if we're going to stop Heather from passing out in the concert! We also had a 'Special General Meeting' this evening as we needed to elect a couple more committe members in order to be 'constitutional' once more! (The minutes have been added to the committee page).

Small group items:
  • Sonata in D Major by Tartini - Alison, Judy & Margaret
  • Quintet in E Flat Major by J. C. Bach - Heather, Annabel, Kath, Polly, Mike & Angela
  • 'Funeral March of a Marionette' by Gounod - George, Imogen, Maureen, Helen, Theresa, Nicola, Anya, John, Rod, Diana & Joan

Class - 25th April

We revisited another 'old favourite' at last week's class...'Allegro Moderato' from the 'Brandenburg Concerto No. 3' by J. S. Bach, and continued with the 'Soirees Musicales' (Britten/Rossini)...I'm still working on the final large ensemble's a bit of an epic! Before we split into small groups, we celebrated Annabel's birthday with some delicious cake and bubbly...we should definitely do that every week!

Small group items:
  • 'The Maple Leaf Rag' by Joplin (Arr. H. Brammer) - Alison, Annabel, Theresa, Nicola & Mike
  • Concerto for Four Flutes by Molter - George, Imogen, Maureen, Judy, Margaret & Joan
  • Trio Sonata No. IV by Corelli - Kath, John, Polly, Rod & Angela