Some 60 musicians assembled in Wollaton, near Nottingham in the UK,
on 25 April to take part in NCB
Play Day 2009, a special event staged by Nottingham
Concert Band (Robert Parker) for its members and invited guest players.
A combination of full
band rehearsals and sectionals under specialist tutors ran all Saturday in
Kingswood Methodist Church, culminating in an informal performance to which band friends, family and the
local community were welcomed.
Indicative of the enthusiastic response
from those taking part in the event was a feedback form completed by one of the
participants, which read simply ‘Let’s do it every week!’
Robert Parker, NCB's
conductor, himself a professional horn player and teacher, ran the sessions with
the horn and saxophone sections. Working alongside Robert were local
professional musicians Chris McDouall (clarinets/bassoons), Annette Negus
(flutes/oboes), Colin Smith (brass) and Ashley Parnell (percussion).
"Having a full day of concentrated rehearsing and performing meant we
could really get to grips with some challenging additions to our
repertoire," Robert Parker told the Concert Band Portal. New pieces which
were introduced to the players on the day included Albion Heritage (Sparke), O
Magnum Mysterium (Lauridsen), Opening Night On Broadway (Brown) and Summon the
Dragon (Graham), together with Windfall (Holcombe) for woodwind choir and
Ceremonial Fanfare (de Meij) for brass and percussion.
The participants were delighted with the facilities offered by Kingswood
Methodist Church and hope to return for a similar event in the future. The band
is grateful for the support of Nottingham City Council Community and Cultural
Board in contributing towards the venue hire.