Recently I started rehearsing with another orchestra, the Langtree Sinfonia, at the invitation of a friend of mine who had helped out with his trumpet at one of my Crowthorne Orchestra performances last year. Langtree Sinfonia takes its name from the School where it rehearses, having been set up there a few decades ago as an adult education class that developed into a permanent ensemble. It is interesting just how many of the community orchestras and bands started this way.
This evening we had a concert in the beautiful Dorchester Abbey which is about 19 miles North of my house. The programme was fairly standard, an overture, a concerto and a symphony:
- Rossini - The Barber of Seville overture
- Beethoven - Violin concerto - Soloist: Todor Nikolaev
- Sibelius - 1st symphony
Next time I might bring some people along to listen, if they can make it to such an out of the way place in the Oxfordshire countryside.