Lydney Training Band hosted their annual Brass and Percussion Workshop on 27th October 2019.
The 48-strong band comprised of mainly of players from bands in the Forest of Dean with some from Gloucester and even a player from Cornwall! The age range was from 7 to 80 years and the skills range from 7 weeks to 70 years, so the music was carefully selected to enable all players to take part and enjoy the day.
The conductor, Ian Porthouse from Tredegar Band (ranked 8th in the World), started the day with some fun activities including singing.
The rest of the day consisted of full band sessions under the energetic conductor plus sectional rehearsals under the direction of the instrumental tutors. There was plenty of breaks to enjoy having a chat, play football, and eating cakes! Some of the less experienced players formed a Starter Group under the direction of Kerry Ford BMus, where they concentrated on breathing and rhythm whilst rehearsing a piece for the end of course concert.
At the end of the day of music-making and learning, the band performed a mini concert to parents, carers, and friends.
Just before the final piece, Ian Porthouse presented Dave Wintle a certificate from the GBBA, commemorating his 70 year playing career and contribution to the brass band music in Gloucestershire. Ian said, "it was a tremendous achievement and was nice to see bands people like Dave be rewarded for their dedication which can often go unrecognised".
The concert then ended with an excellent rendition of the final piece called Little Suite for Brass. After such a successful and productive day, supported with a grant from GBBA, the organising team are already thinking about next year's event. In the words of Ian Porthouse, "What a brilliant day, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with a nice atmosphere all day."
Read 4barsrest's review of the workshop here!