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The Coffee Bar / Re: The Waffle Thread
« on: September 24, 2017, 11:35:02 pm »
An unexpected and unalloyed delight to find myself playing in the same orchestra as marbleflugel today, and just how magnificent!  Trombones at the climax of the first and last movements of the Leningrad just had so many hairs standing up on the back of my neck.  Hope we shall have many more such occasions.


Cooking / Re: Now Munching
« on: March 28, 2017, 11:29:23 am »
so HAPPY right now munching on leftover summer spaghetti pomodoro - whole wheat al dente spaghetti tossed with a vine-ripe tomato garlic caper & basil sauce extra cherry tomatoes...

Oooh - you are making me hungry!

Bumpitty Bump Bump.  Anyone here remember member eruanto?

Jon Musgrave, familiar to many on these boards, is performing Herbert Howells' first Piano Concerto in Reading soon.

Sunday 29 January 2017
4.30pm, The Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road, RG1 5AQ

Holst - Perfect Fool Ballet
Howells - Piano Concerto No.1 (Soloist Jon Musgrave)
Vaughan Williams - Tallis Fantasia
Bax - Spring Fire

West Forest Sinfonia
Philip Ellis, conductor.

The rehearsals have been going well, and Jon is stunning.  The Howells is a young work, where he sounds occasionally like Elgar, like Vaughan WIllliams, and like Rachmaninov - as well as sounding a bit like Howells.  It's brilliant.

And Bax's Spring Fire is completely awesome.  Come and listen to it live - there aren't many performances.

Hope you can make it


Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning (in your head)
« on: October 03, 2016, 02:26:13 pm »
Sous le Ciel de Paris.

No reason, just popped in.


News and Current Affairs / Re: Neville Marriner (1924-2016)
« on: October 03, 2016, 02:23:35 pm »
So sad about this news.  A wonderful musician and a lovely man.

2016 really is rubbish, isn't it.....


The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: August 16, 2016, 10:05:58 pm »
The Olympic version of the UK National Anthem is not right.

Just sayin'


The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: August 16, 2016, 10:01:05 pm »
All think troubled Labour endanger election


Welcome Section / Re: New member
« on: July 27, 2016, 01:06:48 pm »
Hello!  I am now only an occasional lurker here - but this site (in many guises) has a long tradition of excellent musical insight and jolly banter.  Hope you enjoy it!


Thank you, auto.  Great notes.  (Completely agree on the string numbers, by the way - We wanted a few more, stage-size allowing!)  And so good to see you there - thank you for making the long trek!!

As ever, some things worked in concert and some didn't - fortunately, the balance was more in favour of the things which worked (but having practised hard for ages, there is a little bit of me which is naffed off with the niggly bits which didn't come off.)  Overall right now, I am pooped.  Want to do a second performance somewhere, but in the meantime will learn some more (smaller scale!) viola repertoire.

And yes, no accident that eruanto is booked for 29 January 2017.  Having heard his playing several times, I had to recommend him to the committee.  Looking forward to the Howells a lot.  And the Spring Fire.


Thank you, Bryn.  Would be great to see you there.

Rehearsal last Sunday went well, and individual practice is also making progress!  (Ironing out final nuances - nothing major).

The band is sounding very good, and I had the pleasure of hearing bits of their Bax Tintagel before my rehearsal slot.  Wonderful work, and some really exciting playing.  Should be good.


The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: May 01, 2016, 09:55:51 pm »
Straight Ahead 'til Uranus, Right, Neptune


[Stop it, marty babes....  ;)]

So, this is what I have been working towards for more than a year......

I'm the soloist in York Bowen's Viola Concerto, in a little under 2 months.  Please come!


26 June 2016,
7.30pm, The Great Hall, Reading University, London Road, Reading

Bax                 Tintagel
York Bowen   Viola Concerto
Saint-Saëns   Symphony No. 3 "Organ"

West Forest Sinfonia
Philip Ellis - Conductor
Tommo - Viola

Full price                                     £15
Concessions (60+ and retired)   £14
Under 18s and students                £2.50


Preparations are just about on course...  I'm maybe a little behind where I want to be, but OK.  Everything is pretty much under the fingers (except the crazy cadenza, which is near all the same!), and all but a few bits are learnt from memory.

Next step is arranging play throughs with a pianist.

Wish me luck!


Literature and Poetry / Re: Currently reading
« on: May 01, 2016, 09:37:38 pm »
I read "The Museum of Extraordinary Things" by Alice Hoffman.  Almost immediately, I knew it would be one of those where she told you the plot / story, rather than showed you.  Confirmed when I got to the line "He fell i love with here in that instant".  Utter bollocks.

Then I read "Lamentation" by CJ Samson (a Shardlake novel).  Totally gripping.  How can authors be so different?  And how can people get away with publishing rubbish like Hoffman?

Just started "The Master and Margarita" by Bulgarkov. Good, so far.


The Meet Up board / Re: D'you lie?
« on: April 05, 2016, 07:27:53 pm »
I am here.  Indoors charging my phone.  Table 13.


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