The Gala weekend beckons

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After an extremely busy term rehearsing, the Gala weekend is upon us tomorrow.

Last night saw the first rehearsal in the new concert-hall with the combined forces of the University Orchestra and the Chorus, as we rehearsed the Handel and Orff’s epic Carmina Burana.

I’m delighted to report that there was space for everyone, including the massed ranks of percussion (and percussionists) required for the Orff, as well as the Steinway piano that tucks neatly into the orchestra between the horns and the back desks of the first violins; the chance to be an orchestral player on such an instrument was fantastic last night, and I’m looking forward to really putting the instrument through its paces in the concerts over the weekend.

There was some diligent work from the percussion team, some scintillating playing from the brass in the Orff, and tireless work from the strings and woodwind sections throughout the evening.

Here we all are in rehearsal.

See you tomorrow night…

About Daniel Harding

Head of Music Performance, University of Kent: pianist, accompanist and conductor: jazz enthusiast.
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