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The Concert Hall / Re: Forthcoming Concerts in Berkshire
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:20:58 pm »
So, next couple are up....

Sunday 28th September, 4.30p.m. Great Hall, Reading University, London Road Reading.  RG1 5AQ

Roger May - Blazing Sun (World Premiere)
Dvorak Cello Concerto
Mahler Symphony No.1

Jessica Burroughs - Cello
Jonathan Lo - Conductor
West Forest Sinfonia

£15, £13 concessions / £1 students



Sunday 12th October 2014, 3.00pm in the Recital Room, South Hill Park, Bracknell
 
'Sweet Desire' - music featuring the warm sonorities of viola, oboe, oboe d'amore and piano. Programme includes late Romantic works by George Enescu (Kozerstuck) and York Bowen, and a transcription of Brahms' gorgeously sensuous Gestillte Sehnsucht

£10

http://www.westforestsinfonia.org/index.html

I'll be leading the first concert, and the second concert will feature my alter ego, Hull1980, on viola.

Tommo

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News and Current Affairs / Re: Will Scots vote to leave the UK?
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:08:44 pm »
The Head all points towards staying in the Union, as no one knows what independence would mean for the practicalities of the Nation's day-to-day life (economy, law, etc), or at least it sufficiently uncertain that you wouldn't rationally take the risk.

However, this is not about the Head.  It's about the Heart.  Salmond has played a blinder on the emotional aspects of being Scottish and in control of your own destiny.  In contrast, 'Better Together' despite its name has relayed an almost exclusively 'Worse Apart' message, and done so based on rational thinking, rather than the great feeling it is to be British.

I think the Scots are a very proud nation but also very cautious and prudent.  But caution in recent years has not been a watchword they can rely upon  - perhaps debacles like RBS are both a symptom of them becoming less cautious and a reason to believe national caution is no longer of any value in an increasingly stupid world.  I wouldn't be surprised if more vote with their heart than their head, and we have the end of the Union.

Tommo

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The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:17:39 am »
How many of us get invitations to diarise a coming event?

I was in a meeting the other day with some consultants <smileyfacewhichlookslikeithassuckedalemon> and they kept talking about "calendarizing" it.  I may have rather emphasised the word 'plan' in my response.....

Tommo

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The Concert Hall / Re: Forthcoming Concerts in Berkshire
« on: July 18, 2014, 10:41:00 pm »
Thanks for asking, auto.

Big orchestral concert was one of our best yet.  Players really pulled out all the stops for Til, had some beautiful Horns in the Berlioz and Humperdinck (as well as other fine playing) and Louise Turner was super in the Strauss Songs.  I have a feeling people enjoyed me being devilish in the Saint Saens too.

And the Jazz inspired chamber gig was really good too.  My Gershwin-Heifetz Porgy and Bess pieces went down well, Lorraine Deacon's Kapustin Elegy was stunningly good, and the Martinu Kitchen Revue was a blast!  And I have a feeling people enjoyed me being devilish in the Stravinsky too.

Actually, Strav went remarkably well.  Very scary, as it was one of the hardest things we've done in a while, but a great bunch of players.  We put some narration in too, even though we were doing the suite, and the audience really appreciated that.

Much better than the dull football that was going on on the telly in an empty bar below the Recital Room!

Tommo

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The Concert Hall / Re: Forthcoming Concerts in Berkshire
« on: June 23, 2014, 12:45:56 pm »
Cheers marby!  I think the ol' joanna is now a new kawai  :(  But teh view is still there.  It's world cup final night, so hopefully there won't be hoards of people making too much noise outside.....

Tommo

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The Concert Hall / Re: Forthcoming Concerts in Berkshire
« on: June 21, 2014, 01:48:37 pm »
Can I just bump this?

The Strauss songs are whizzing around my head, especially Allerseelen - just wonderful.  The others are Morgen, Meinem Kinde, Zueignung, and Sausle, liebe Myrtle.  (My apologies for lack of umlauts and for poor spelling)

Last rehearsal on Thursday was really good - I think this one is going to be a cracker.  So if you are in the area, please come along.

I never know whether to tell you about my forthcoming gigs in Live Concerts thread, or Making Music, or ....

So unambiguously, here are two in Berkshire.  I don't know how I managed to take on quite so much which needs a lot of practice at a time when I am also suppose to be training for a bike ride of the 285 miles from London to Paris in 24 hours, but that is the way the cookie has crumbled in the 1780 household....

7.30pm, 22 June, St Paul's Church, Reading Road, Wokingham

Saint-Saens Danse Macabre
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Prelude
Strauss Till Euelenspiegel
Strauss, 5 songs including Morgen and Allerseelen
Berlioz Royal Hunt and Storm

West Forest Sinfonia.  Philip Ellis (cond) Louise Turner (sop)

7.30pm, 13 July, Recital Room, South Hill Park, Bracknell
"With Jazz in Mind"
Stravinsky  The Soldier's Tale (Suite)
Martinu La Revue De Cuisine
Gershwin  Porgy and Bess Pieces (arr. Heifetz for vln and piano)

Members of West Forest Sinfonia.

www.westforestsinfonia.org

The Stravinsky is a total roast up.  Haven't spent so much effort (or had so much fun) learning something in ages.

Tommo

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The Concert Hall / Re: Forthcoming Concerts in Berkshire
« on: June 09, 2014, 10:50:38 pm »
How peculiar.  Maybe I was pissed when I posted.  Amended now.  Ta  Tommo

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The Concert Hall / Forthcoming Concerts in Berkshire
« on: June 08, 2014, 12:07:36 am »
I never know whether to tell you about my forthcoming gigs in Live Concerts thread, or Making Music, or ....

So unambiguously, here are two in Berkshire.  I don't know how I managed to take on quite so much which needs a lot of practice at a time when I am also suppose to be training for a bike ride of the 285 miles from London to Paris in 24 hours, but that is the way the cookie has crumbled in the 1780 household....

7.30pm, 22 June, St Paul's Church, Reading Road, Wokingham

Saint-Saens Danse Macabre
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Prelude
Strauss Till Euelenspiegel
Strauss, 5 songs including Morgen and Allerseelen
Berlioz Royal Hunt and Storm

West Forest Sinfonia.  Philip Ellis (cond) Louise Turner (sop)

7.30pm, 13 July, Recital Room, South Hill Park, Bracknell
"With Jazz in Mind"
Stravinsky  The Soldier's Tale (Suite)
Martinu La Revue De Cuisine
Gershwin  Porgy and Bess Pieces (arr. Heifetz for vln and piano)

Members of West Forest Sinfonia.

www.westforestsinfonia.org

The Stravinsky is a total roast up.  Haven't spent so much effort (or had so much fun) learning something in ages.

Tommo



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Welcome Section / Re: I've escaped from the asylum
« on: June 05, 2014, 01:47:27 pm »
Welcome bg,

Not sure about sanity.  Spats are few and far between here, thankfully, but the rest of the time we are completely hatstand!

Have fun

Tommo

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The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: May 20, 2014, 06:01:32 pm »
I just got off a tube train which was due to terminate two stops before Ealing Broadway. I could have sworn the announcement said "This is a central line train for North Africa"

!!!

Tommo

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning (in your head)
« on: May 16, 2014, 04:01:55 pm »
An odd mix of "strangers in the night" and "unforgettable", as has beeen spinning for the last month or so...

Doo be doo be doo

Tommo

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Sign of the times
« on: May 13, 2014, 03:01:48 pm »
"Oh sh1t! The bus is on fire.  Ah George Frederick, you are looking so gorgeous today.  Do you fancy going out for a drink tonight?  Great!  Now, can you just push on that door, love?"

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:48:11 am »
Of course I realise not all cyclist are like this but it's the ones like this that give all the others a bad name.

Sadly, it seems like there are too many bad ones.  Whilst outright maliciousness like your hand-hitter is rare, I see far more cyclists disobeying the law of the road than those sticking to it.

Tommo

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Happy Birthday
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:41:16 am »
Have a brilliant day, Don B!

Here's what youget it you gimage 'Don B Party':



!

Tommo

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The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:16:39 am »
Summer holiday 1996, somehow ended up in Venice.  Cafe near Rialto, waiting for the No.1.

"Due Doppi, per favore"
"Doppi?"  The incredulity was not because of the word, but because we were ordering large coffees.
"Si, doppi"
"Bene..."

Then a small while later....

"Macchiato?"
"Non grazie, Nero"
"Zucchero?"
"Non grazie".

And then his eyes widened even more as we downed them in one to make sure we caught our waterbus.  My Italian isn't great, but I think he said soemthing about hairs (capelli) on chests.


This was a much better experience than in an alipine hut (rifugio) a few days earlier, where I had asked for a few things and "...un caffe doppio".  The person at the bar gave me a confused look, handed me the other things and then left me waiting for the coffee.  It was a bit noisy, and it turns out she thought I had said "un caffe dopo", meaning "a coffee after".  She was confused because , it being a self-service hut, you went up to the bar when you wanted something - and if I wanted a coffee later, I should go to the bar later.  Oh how we laughed!  (Well, not really, but ever since then I have been careful to pronounce my double pp's and i)

Tommo


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