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Posted on: 7 November, 2016

Autumn half term saw a fantastic mix of ensembles

The Autumn half term this year brought together a mixture of ensembles including a Recorder, String and Wind Band. The ensembles held courses at The Thorndyke Centre, Rochester Grammar School and included sectional and full rehearsals working on a varied repertoire.

Graeme Vinall, the conductor of the Youth Wind Band Ensemble, focused extensively on ensemble playing skills and the development over the three-day course which was evident for all to hear at the end of course concert. Music performed included traditional wind band repertoire with some extras including Hymn To the Fallen by John Williams from the film Saving Private Ryan.

Manager Phill Hyde commented “The improvement in playing skills in such a short space of time is quite remarkable and a credit to both the students and the staff involved”

The recorder course welcomed Karen Barton to lead yet another successful recorder course allowing players of all ages and standard to benefit from her many years of professional playing and teaching experience. Recorder players interested in attending future courses should contact the office for further details of what is on offer.

Student’s comments included:

“I came home buzzing every day”

“I enjoyed the course so much and cannot wait until the next one”

“To be with friends and to play great music what better way to spend a couple of days in half term!”

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The Youth Wind Band Ensemble will be holding its next course in February half term and applications are already being accepted for this popular course. Please call Valerie Cordina 01622 358402 for your application form.