In concert order
REHEARSAL PLAYLIST 2021
Concert first half
Amparita Roca Texidor (3')
And All That Jazz Brown (2')
'Zampa' Overture Herold (8')
Beauty & the Beast Menken (9')
Come Fly with Me Murtha (3')
Danse Bacchanale Sain-Saens (5')
Concert second half
Olympic Spirit J Williams ( 4')
Blue Tango Anderson (3')
Les Miserables W Barker (11')
Elizabethan Serenade Binge(3')
Oliver Highlights Rickkets (6')
The TV Detectives N Hess (9')
Palladio Jenkins (3')
Bandology Osterling (3')
'Lustspiel' Overture Bela (5')
CONDUCTOR REHEARSAL NOTES
Remember this is a Paso Doble not a march I think it needs to go at one heck of a lick! A lot of the excitement will be lost if we can’t maintain momentum. This may feel like a bit of a stock piece for concert bands but if played well it can be great fun and a real crowd pleaser.
And All That Jazz
This is just such fun! But we need to exercise a bit of restraint and not get too excited too early, attention to dynamics and pace.
This is simply a rollicking good march, as with all marches it requires precision and attention to detail, not least dynamics.
Beauty and the Beast
We’ve done quite a lot of work on this one as well, so hopefully again simply a case of refreshing our memories. There are a couple of tricky passages but the main thing with this piece is listening to each other to identify the melodic flow as we pick up from each other.
Quite a good piece for the bandstands, and a nice contrast to some of our longer or more intense pieces. This doesn’t mean we can relax, again it needs to be precise to be musical.
Come Fly With Me
I don’t think I’ve ever played this arrangement, but I do know that Paula Murtha is a very good arranger, especially within this genre.
It looks as though there is something to keep everyone interested but we will need a trombone to make this playable! Please take note that there is a DS and a Coda, and that throughout quavers are swung! This will require you to count every bar, there is quite a lot of syncopation and shock notes, these will all need to be placed quite precisely to get the full effect. We play this style of music well, so this could be a natural selection for summer concerts.
You don’t need me to tell you that this is difficult! You need to concentrate throughout, Saint-Saens plays his trick of starting a phrase on the half bar and that makes it very easy to lose track of exactly where you are. We have done quite a lot of work on this so a lot will be about refreshing ourselves rather than re-learning it. This is a piece of music that is great fun both for the band and an audience who love the musical fireworks.
A big contrast to lots of the others we have out at the moment, this is largely and exercise in restraint ~ we need to concentrate and maintain the correct dynamics.
Highlights from Oliver
One of my favourite selections, for me it’s right up there with Les Miserables, which we will be looking at over the following few weeks. This is all about the tunes, so this is another one where you simply can’t get too engrossed in your own part, we need to listen to each other and keep the balance.
Precision, precision, precision. This needs to be almost mechanical. It’s very simple but the way it builds up really milks the excitement factor.
Paula Goodwin DOM