18 November 2017: Inaugural concert of the Whiteknights Ensemble

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Earlier this year some of my musical friends and I got together to form the Whiteknights Ensemble, and our inaugural concert is now only three weeks away! We’ll be performing as a wind quintet and the programme comprises works by Mozart, Ligeti, Cambini, Nielsen and Patterson.

Based in Earley, Reading, the Whiteknights Ensemble takes its name from Whiteknights Park, the manorial land of the De Erleigh family, now the campus of the University of Reading.

Full details can be found on our website here. The concert will take place at 7.30pm in St Paul’s Church, Wokingham, and proceeds will be donated to Rosie’s Rainbow Fund, a local charity which supports sick and disabled children through art and music therapy.

It’s a very worthy cause and the tickets are only £5, so please come along and support us if you can!


Programme details as follows: 

W.A.Mozart – Overture: The Magic Flute

György Ligeti – Six Bagatelles

Giuseppe Cambini – Quintet No.2 in D minor

Carl Nielsen – Wind Quintet

Paul Patterson – Westerly Winds

And if this isn’t enough to tempt you, there’ll be wine and cake during the interval: a nice glass of vino and some home baking could be yours for a suggested donation of two quid – how can you say no? Tickets on the door or available in advance from ensemble members via info@whiteknightsensemble.org.uk.

Finally, please visit our Facebook page to like and share!


 

17 June 2017: Beech Hill Concert Band in Newbury (updated)

St John's Church Newbury

The Beech Hill Concert Band

Date: 17 June 2017

Venue: St John’s Church, Newbury

St John’s Rd, Newbury RG14 7PY

Performance at 7.30pm

 

On 17 June, the Beech Hill Concert Band will be playing at St John the Evangelist in Newbury, with the following programme:

  • Fanfare and Soliloquy – Trevor Sharpe
  • Poet and Peasant – Franz von Suppé
  • Waltz No. 2 – Dmitri Shostakovich, Arr. Johan de Meij
  • Three Spanish Dances for Oboe and Concert Band – Philip Lane Arr. Paul Noble

  • Cartoon – Paul Hart

INTERVAL

  • Broadway Show-stoppers Overture – Arr. Warren Barker
  • Metroplex: Three Postcards from Manhattan – Robert Sheldon
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Freddie Mercury Arr. Philip Sparke
  • Berlin Rag – Timothy Blinko
  • Beyond the Summit – Brian Balmages

St John the EvangelistNow, I’ve put the Three Spanish Dances in a block quote because the soloist is me. Yes! These dances were originally written for oboe and small orchestra, but we’ll be performing an arrangement for concert band. The composer is Philip Lane and you can read about him here. It will be ten and a half minutes of terror for me, but if I’m going to attempt a performance diploma next year, I need to play in public as much as possible to harden my nerves into steel. And it’d be handy to have lips of steel too.

21 May 2017: bandstand concert with Woodley Concert Band

weather forecast

Venue: Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames

Date: 21 May 2017

Time: 2pm to approximately 4pm

Weather forecast: looks promising

 

 

This coming Sunday, I’ll be playing with the Woodley Concert Band. The programme will be (roughly) as follows:

  • Stars and Stripes
  • Chicago
  • Hallelujah (from ‘Shrek’)
  • Montego Bay
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Palladio
  • Don’t Cry for me Argentina
  • Eighties Flashback
  • Jersey Boys
  • Don’t Stop Me Now
  • Take on Me
  • It had better be tonight
  • Irving Berlin Show-stoppers

It’s a fun programme with lots of tunes and the weather is set to fair, so come along if you can!

17 June 2017: Beech Hill Concert Band in Newbury (updated)

St John's Church Newbury

The Beech Hill Concert Band

Date: 17 June 2017

Venue: St John’s Church, Newbury

St John’s Rd, Newbury RG14 7PY

Performance at 7.30pm

 

On 17 June, the Beech Hill Concert Band will be playing at St John the Evangelist in Newbury, with the following programme:

  • Fanfare and Soliloquy – Trevor Sharpe
  • Poet and Peasant – Franz von Suppé
  • Waltz No. 2 – Dmitri Shostakovich, Arr. Johan de Meij
  • Three Spanish Dances for Oboe and Concert Band – Philip Lane Arr. Paul Noble

  • Cartoon – Paul Hart

INTERVAL

  • Broadway Show-stoppers Overture – Arr. Warren Barker
  • Metroplex: Three Postcards from Manhattan – Robert Sheldon
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Freddie Mercury Arr. Philip Sparke
  • Berlin Rag – Timothy Blinko
  • Beyond the Summit – Brian Balmages

St John the EvangelistNow, I’ve put the Three Spanish Dances in a block quote because the soloist is me. Yes! These dances were originally written for oboe and small orchestra, but we’ll be performing an arrangement for concert band. The composer is Philip Lane and you can read about him here. It will be ten and a half minutes of terror for me, but if I’m going to attempt a performance diploma next year, I need to play in public as much as possible to harden my nerves into steel. And it’d be handy to have lips of steel too.

1 April 2017: Reading Symphony Orchestra

On 1 April I’ll be playing 2nd Oboe in Petrushka with the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Details half-inched from their website and pasted below. It’s a great poster, isn’t it? I love the dancing skeleton.

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