I spent a very jolly Sunday up in Walthamstow, NE London as guest principal with Forest Philharmonic, who must be the best amateur band in the UK. Andrew Gourlay was conducting and we played Russian music:-
Shostakovitch - Festival Overture
Aruturian - Trumpet Concerto
Tchaikovsky - Fifth Symphony
It was a fantastic gig - quite remarkable that the following day most of the players would return to thier day jobs. The bass section was smokin - no passengers, and a fantastic sound coming out of a Kennedy, two Lotts and a Roger Dawson bass. Good job really as the Shosters and Tchiak are a hell of a play for the basses. We had a lot of fun, as well as a few pints of Essex Boys, as you do.