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Bousfield To Visit RNCM
The students of the RNCM are in for a treat. Visiting professor of trombone, Ian Bousfield, is set to visit the college on the 13th and 14th of March to give various masterclasses and sectionals. The two day programme will include two, 3hour masterclasses on the David Concertino, Tomasi Concerto and the Sulek Sonata (to be played by every trombonist at the college), a general technical class and a low brass sectional. It is set to be a very enjoyable 2 days.

BTS Visit A Great Show!
The British Trombone Society day, held at the RNCM, on the 17th November 2002, turned out to be a great success. Our quartet started the show with a few pieces played in the foyer, just to warm people up on this cold November morning. Then, along with many more brass and trombone events, we saw the Halle trombone section in action. Fine control and wonderful musicianship were displayed in a great concert, followed, in style, by the RNCM trombone choir. They premiered a Simon Wills piece called Street Song variations. The premier went down well with the crowd... another great work from the pen of this great composer for brass. The day, however, was not totally as advertised and many were left slightly dissapointed at the fact that Ben Van Dijk was unable to turn up due to back problems. But this was made up for by a day of great brass and trombone events that provided much enjoyment for all who attended.
  A Night at the Opera
On the 2nd of Febuary, the RNCM hosted a 'Night at the Opera', featuring the RNCM brass band, directed by James Gourlay, joined by three of the college's young vocal talents, Richard Weigold, Merryn Gamba and Hannah Pedley. The vocal side of the concert included such works as 'Softly Awakes My Heart', 'Song to the Moon', 'Habanera' and 'Seguedille' from 'Carmen' and the epic 'Songs and Dances of Death'.

Other works included 'The Force of Destiny', The 'Grand March' from Wagners 'Tannhauser' and the monumental Alex Owen arrangement of 'Grand Selection from Tristan and Isolde'. The programme, one of the most ambitious for the band in recent times, skillfully directed by James Gourlay, coaxed some controlled and very musical playing from the young musicians of the RNCM brass band. A much enjoyed concert by all.

A trip back in time.
The Northern Cornetts and Sackbuts will be holding 2 public concerts in the month of March this year. The first will be held at Oldham art gallery on the morning of the 1st or March.

The second, held as part of the Didsbury coffee mornings, will take place on the the morning of the 15th of March.

The programme will include music by Gastoldi, Speer, Allegri, Corelli and many others.

For information, contact Gareth on 07968 109 850.

NYOW Shine
This summer, concert venues throughout the country paid host to a musical extraveganza hosted by the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.

The final concert in St. Davids hall paid outstanding tribute to the exeptional talents of these young musicians. The concert started with a recent work, 'Vistas' by Mathias. Then the Youth Orchestra's energy and vigour shone through as they masterfully executed a fine performance or Stravinsky's emensly diffcult 'Firebird' suit. The second half showcased one of the most emotional 'romantic' symphonies of them all written by the worlds most expressive composer, Rachmaninov. The orchestra played his 2nd Symphony with as much emotion and class as you would find in the Barbican on a Friday night.

The concert also paid tribute to their resident conductor for 7 years who is now moving on. Chris Adey's book 'Orchestral Performance' is well worth getting and is published by Faber & Faber.

For more details on the National Youth Orchestra of Wales visit

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