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.

Wednesday 31 July 2013

We're back!

You may have noticed that we've been rather quiet of late - that's if there's anyone still here reading this!.We encountered some more technical difficulties...Blogger locked me out again...not completely, I was able to write posts, just not publish anything! So, I had been making a post for each of the classes (and the concert) as they happened...we like to keep track of what we've played...but have been waiting for the time to sort out the issues with blogger. Well, it all seems to be working fine now...and I have published all of the 'missing' posts - I've backdated everything (using the date of the class or the concert) so that everything stays in the correct order, so please scroll down for those. I have also added all of the videos for the last concert to our YouTube Channel...there's a link to that in the sidebar...and have updated the committe and term dates pages too...phew! We have our first 'summer music' gathering of the holiday tomorrow, so hopefully I'll be back soon with another update!

Thursday 11 July 2013

Concert - 11th July

We had a lovely summer's evening for our end of term concert,and a rather 'select' audience...although it did seem to grow during the course of the concert! If you weren't there, here's what you missed:


'Overture' to 'The Mastersingers of Nurenburg' – Richard Wagner (Arr. H. Brammer)
The Broken Consort

'Largo & Allegro' from Trio Sonata in G Minor – G. F. Handel
George Goodall & Imogen Locke (Treble Recorders); Margaret Willson ('Cello); & Joan Goodall (Piano)

'Variations on the theme “La ci darem la mano” from Mozart's “Don Giovanni” - Beethoven
Heather Loebl (Flute); Helen Brammer (Clarinet); & Mike Winterburn (Bassoon)

'A Musical Joke' – W. A. Mozart (Arr. H. Brammer)
Theresa Hitching, Nicola Thompson & Helen Brammer (Clarinets)

'Allegro moderato' from 'Brandenburg Concerto No. 3' – J. S. Bach (Arr. H. Brammer)
The Broken Consort

'Send in the Clowns' – Stephen Sondheim (Arr. H. Brammer)
Theresa Hitching, Nicola Thompson (Clarinets); Kath Russell, Rod Lackey, John Marshall (Violins); Polly Kaufmann (Viola); Diana Locke (Double Bass); & Angela Ayton (Piano)

'Largo & Allegro molto' from Concerto in C Major – Vivaldi
Heather Loebl, Judy Skelton (Flutes); Polly Kaufmann (Viola); Mike Winterburn (Bassoon); & Angela Ayton (Piano)

'March, Canzonetta & Tirolese' from 'Soirees Musicales' – Rossini/Britten (Arr. H. Brammer)
The Broken Consort

We of course enjoyed an 'after party' hosted once again by Mike and Angela (thank you!), with delicious food and drinks.

I filmed the concert, and the videos have been uploaded to our YouTube channel, so if you fancy having a look (or re-living the occasion!) click the link in the sidebar to watch them.

We will be having some 'Summer Music' gatherings over the course of the summer break, starting with a visit to Nicola's on the 1st of August.

Thursday 4 July 2013

Class - 4th July

It was the last class before our concert this week, so despite the fact we were missing a few players, we put the finishing touches to our laarge ensemble pieces, and also managed to get through most of the small group pieces too!

Small group items:
  • 'Variations on "La ci darem la mano" from Mozart's "Don Giovanni"' by Beethoven - Heather, Helen & Mike
  • 'Send in the Clowns' by Stephen Sondheim - Kath, John, Polly, Diana & Angela
  • Trio Sonata in G Minor by Handel - George, Imogen, Margaret & Joan
  • Sonatas for Two Flutes by Telemann - Judy & Maureen
  • Concerto in C Major by Vivaldi - Heather, Judy, Polly, Mike & Angela
  • 'Rondeau' by Mouret - Maureen, Diana, Kath & John