Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Last Posting Dates - Christmas 2017

Last Posting Dates

To ensure you don't miss the last post before Christmas,
these are the December deadlines that Royal Mail have issued:


INTERNATIONAL

(Applies to all international airmail services)
Friday 1st December:
Africa, Middle East
Wednesday 6th December:
Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Eastern Europe
(except Czech Republic, Poland & Slovakia)
Thursday 7th December:
Caribbean, Central & South America
Friday 8th December:
Australia, Greece & New Zealand
Wednesday 13th December:
Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Thursday 14th December:
Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Friday 15th December:
Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal,
Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia,
Spain, Switzerland, Belgium,
France, Ireland & Luxembourg


UK

Wednesday 20th December:
Royal Mail First Class
Thursday 21st December:
Royal Mail Special Delivery


Christmas Closing Dates

Our office will close at 12pm (midday) on Friday 22nd December and 
will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
All orders placed online during that period will be despatched as soon as possible.
If your order is particularly urgent, please let us know and
we will prioritise despatch for Tuesday if at all possible.

Thursday, December 7, 2017


 

What's your Favourite Wind Quintet?


 

When looking for a photo of this composer smiling, this is the nearest I could find. Nevertheless there is humour and tenderness in his music, and it's a pity that it isn't heard more often. When my quintet gets together there is nearly always a moment when someone says 'Oh let's play the Milhaud!'
On a concert-giving holiday near Aix-en-Provence a couple of us tracked down his house and found it was a sub-police-station on the ring road. We bounced into the front office and asked whether it would be possible to come and play his quintet in his house. The desk-sergeant, or whatever they are called in Provence, looked completely blank. Who was this 'Milhaud' and what were these two bizarre Englishwomen on about? I believe the building has since been demolished.

Each of the seven short movements of 'La Cheminée du Roi René is a little masterpiece, with its own character, style and unexpected but delicious harmonies. It starts with a solemn village procession, followed by a gentle summer Morning Serenade. The Jugglers come along next, larking about, followed by a rather poignant dance-like 'Maousinglade'. 'Joutes sur L'Arc' is a lively jousting contest on the river Arc, followed by an energetic hunting scene, where the piccolo adds some fizz to the activity.
My favourite movement of all is the final Madrigal - Nocturne. You can imagine that all the villagers have gone home, exhausted, and the countryside is bathed in moonlight. The ending is heart-stoppingly tender.
June Emerson


https://www.juneemersonwindmusic.com/LA-CHEMINEE-DU-ROI-RENEE-score-and-parts.html

Friday, November 17, 2017

Musicans - travelling to Albania?


Not only is Albania a stunningly beautiful country but in the capital Tirana you will be sure to find a bunch of friendly musicians. The Akademie e Arteve (Academy of Arts, or Conservatoire) is at one end of the imposing boulevard right in the centre of the city.
There's a cafe outside on the south side where students and their professors hang out to talk and drink coffee between sessions. Anyone can sit at a table and say to someone nearby 'any horn players about?' Before long you'll be sure to have found a gang, and be drinking toasts. telling jokes and swapping stories.

Fatos Qerimaj (clarinet) and Edmond Sinani (violin)


Pull up a chair and make yourself at home!





Thursday, November 9, 2017

 

Mahler's Monumental One
Want to play?

 
Artistic Director Levon Parikian kicks off the Rehearsal Orchestra's 2018 London weekend series with a two-day course on Mahler's monumental Seventh Symphony.
Rehearsals take place in the afternoon on Saturday and all day on Sunday January 27th/28th, culminating in early evening open rehearsal at the Henry Wood Hall, Trinity Church Square, London SE1 4HU.
 
Applications are invited from players who are Grade 8 plus and good sight-readers (or keen to improve their sight-reading). http://www.rehearsal-orchestra.org/courses

Levon Parikian - Artistic Director
 
 
 
The Rehearsal Orchestra
http://www.rehearsal-orchestra.org
 


 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Playing Wagner
with the stars of the future

 
 
 
The Rehearsal Orchestra
http://www.rehearsal-orchestra.org
 
The Rehearsal Orchestra is a musical charity that runs weekend and full-week orchestral courses for future professionals and serious amateurs. Since 1957, they have offered high-level training through intensive rehearsal, exploring key orchestral repertoire with prominent conductors, and professional string section leaders. This supportive, non-competitive environment allows players to grow as musicians without the pressure of concert giving. Places on every course are heavily subsidised to enable as many players as possible to benefit from the opportunities they offer.
 
 
Levon Parikian - Artistic Director
 

Review of 2017 Wagner weekend

http://seenandheard-international.com/2017/10/wagner-stars-of-the-future-shine-in-rehearsal-orchestras-gotterdammerung-act-iii/

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

British Trombone Society
AGM and East Anglian Trombone Day


The Great Hall, Oundle School, PE8 4GH

Sunday November 5th 2017 from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm




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