On Saturday 3rd December, Shrewsbury School hosted the BASBWE Midlands 2011 Festival and Conference, which saw musicians from across the country to converge on the school and take part in workshops masterclasses, performances and coaching, culminating in an outstanding Gala Concert in the Alington Hall in the evening, and all organised and directed by Maria Eglinton.
Our own musicians took part in a chamber concert in the middle of the day, and our Wind Orchestra were performing in the evening's concert, conducted by Maria Eglinton.
Enthusiastic praise for the day-long event has been coming in this week, some of which follows:
“What an enjoyable event! All credit to Maria for organising such a successful day of masterclasses and concerts, and for enthusiastic participation from all musicians and sponsors concerned.
Masterclasses and workshops were run by myself (Lara James), Adam Gorb, Andy Scott and David Thornton; and musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music gave some very fine performances during the day, conducted by Mark Heron. I must add that one of the daytime highlights for me, was the dazzling Tempest Flute Trio.
Adam Gorb was composer 'in residence' and it was a joy to hear his numerous works (including his first symphony) featured throughout the entire day. Further premieres were presented for Peter Meechan, Kit Turnbull, Steve Bryant and Matthew Hall; the evening concert featuring the eloquent Glebe Symphonic Winds and youthfully exuberant Shrewsbury School Wind Orchestra. Renowned pedagogue and performer David Thornton and emerging young artist Jennie Porton were the impressive concerto soloists of the evening.
Shrewsbury School Wind Orchestra presented a challenging programme and it was fantastic to hear a school level band not only attempting, but making success of such a programme. It is always a joy to hear new music being premiered, and events such as this are also invaluable in developing collaborations between established professional musicians of international repute alongside students at school level. It's a very important and inspirational experience for young musicians.”
Lara James (Saxophone Tutor, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama)
“I have attended BASBWE events for many years and they always an air of innovation and energy, Saturday's event was no exception. From renowned composers presenting their new repertoire to players, to high class concert performances - I enjoyed listening and performing at the event. Congratulations to Maria and all at BASBWE!"
David Thornton (International Euphonium Soloist)