Thursday, March 3, 2011

Philharmonia casual audition - 11 March 2011

My next audition is on 11th March with the Philharmonia. They have set:-
solo piece of choice
Beethoven 9 - recit from last movement
Mozart 40 - first and last movements
Ein Heldenleben Fig 9-11

So, the "usual suspects" and not too many of them. Which is good as the audition is expected to be no more than 10 mins - more than enough time to see if a player is worthy of getting on a casual list.

Forest Phil - Walthamstow, Sunday 27 Feb 2011

Mark Shannahan and Forest Phil tackled a challenging program with gusto. There was no concerto to give the band a break - the replacement was Walton's Henry V suite, with its beaut string movements and full on battle music. Hope that doesnt appear in a bass audition any time soon, but apparently it has in the past!

The bass section sounded great - Jacqui Dosser joined us for the first time along with Nicko, Lesley, Helen and your truly.

Symphonie Fantastique is a piece that polarises people. I really like it but many do not. And it can be a banana skin for under prepared bass players. Most of us will look at the obvious bits in the 4th and 5th movements, but there are plenty of others that can catch us unawares. The exposed pizz passages in the intro to the first movement can be tricky to get together as a section - to rall or not to rall that is the question! The offbeat quaver passage in the middle of the first movement is tricky, individually and collectively. Despite all this, the basses sounded great.

And Arsenal lost to Birmingham in the Carling Cup Final, a great end to a wonderful day!