Tonight I played timpani at a St. John's Waterloo concert for the first time with a new orchestra called Pico Players. It was fun and there was an appreciative audience. It was a good programme of music for the percussionists (Berlioz: Carnaval Romain, Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Smetana: Vysehrad and Vltava from Ma Vlast) and there was a nice percussion section of 4 students from the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. I couldn’t help thinking the
Off to Oval in south London for more timpani playing tonight - this time I'm providing the timpani, it's nice to use my own timpani although they're a bit of a hassle to transport. It's a strange time of year, usually I play way more drum kit than timpani but every orchestra in London seems to be having their summer concerts just now. Pretty exciting though, I must have met about 100 new musicians this week!
Today is.. my birthday! I’m meeting the pianist from Cygnus Flare this morning for a bit of a rhythm workshop to try out new ideas over a couple of our tunes - one is in 7 (which Arman wrote) and the other is in 5 (which I wrote). We’ve programmed in bass lines which are quite sparse so playing together with the midi bass should help us to work on our timing. We’ll be working on things like trying to find interesting phrases and repeated phrases that go over the barline, and
Finally - a gig at St. John’s at Waterloo! I walk past this church a lot as I live nearby, and love the look of the building so it’s been on my wish-list to play there for quite a while! I’ll play there on Thursday with a new orchestra as their regular timpanist can’t make it. I got the gig yesterday and learned the music today, then we rehearsed there tonight. We’re playing: Berlioz: Carnaval Romain
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
Smetana: (1) Vysehrad and (2) Vltava f
Today was fun, played orchestral percussion at a Korean church. Another little adventure - there was a language barrier as most people there were speaking Korean, but it's amazing how little that matters when you're there to play music. I think this is the third time I've played in a Korean church in London, and each time we've been given really tasty Korean food. It was organised through an orchestra fixer, that's always good and that type of work seems to be coming in quite
This morning I'll dep on drums with the Morley Jazz Orchestra, then head off to the Amati orchestra concert in the afternoon. I've put heaps of preparation work into the Amati music so hopefully it'll be a good one!
Today has been nice - no gigs or rehearsals for the first time in a while, so I got time to properly practise some music for gigs tomorrow and the next day. The hardest piece by far for the concert tomorrow is Sibelius Symphony 2, which kind of frightened me a few days ago when I first heard it - so I went through all 7 pages and made sure there are enough cues and pitch changes written in so that I should always have a good idea of what is happening in the other sections of