I am just back from working with the concert band at another superb Bay of Plenty Music School. What a great weekend - there is something so great about gathering at the beginning of a weekend, meeting new people, working hard and presenting a wonderful concert together on Sunday before returning for another week of the real world.
I had a really fantastic group this year including a solid contingent from Auckland University which gave great depth to our woodwinds in particular. We ditched the easier pieces and launched into the challenging repertoire and with fine results - our set at the concert was so tight and I think the most technically advanced and polished performance since I've been conducting the group.
Our concert set was:
- Stalter – Ignition
- Shostakovich – Folk Dances
- Berlin – Alexander’s Ragtime Band
- Kahelin – Clown Act
There was also some wonderful results in the orchestra (David Adlam) and choir (Peter Watts), as well as some impressive combined performances - which I was most happy to hand the baton on for this year and feature only in the percussion section!
The combined works were:
- Mendelssohn - Hebrides Overture
- Mozart - Requiem (excerpts)
- Copland - Hoedown
- Brahms - Symphony No.3
Congrats to the Taupo organising committee for a very fine job, thanks to all the players for your efforts and I hope to see you all again next year!