Martin ~ Bequest Contest
Durham Gala Theatre
17th July 2010
Conducted by Steve Malcolm
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Solid start with odd split but good dynamic contrast, but odd loose ensemble in parts.
Trio much tighter and good flow - but last phrase again has some loose moments. Flows to close.
2. Harry James Concerto for Trumpet
A touch uncertain at start, then Allegro free flowing.
Just odd uncertain bar as it progresses but a very good effort overall. Well done.
3. Year of the Dragon
Movement 1. Good clean start with all in place.
A+ wrong entry, D+ OK and lots of detail now emerging and overall percussion blends well. G+4 uncertain in Cornets.
Movement 2. Start OK then hint of intonation Bar 5. Trombone does well with nice flow and dynamic contrast. Well done. Othe Soloists also secure.
J - good control here and flows well with good dynamic contrast but take care in fff after K some intonation again keep it under control. L+ odd bar of uncertainty. Trombone again does well.
Nice balance at close.
Movement 3. Good tempo and all feels in control. P+ not so convincing Euph/Baritome not easy I know.
Q+ some of this is untidy. S+ good balanced band and percussion and good controlled pp.
W+9 untidy. Y good balance and flows to close.
Overall a good reading and lots of good playing but also had it's untidy moments.
17 July 2010.