<< -- 3 -- Patric Standford CREATING 'THE EMPEROR'S ORCHESTRA'
22 March 2001
First performance in a school hall near Rotherham, very difficult to
find, but we made it as the overture began. The main item in the first half
is an item devised by a composer who has been resident in local schools
for four weeks, and helped GCSE students to add sections to episodes already
written for the orchestra. Graham Coatman was its director for this evening,
a clever composer who was once (in the 1970s) a postgraduate student of
mine at the Guildhall in London. The merriment of his ingenious production
was much appreciated. Sadly, however, only a small number of the children
involved stayed for the second half of the programme, reducing further an
already quite small audience. Ian Lavender was excellent. The Emperor's
Orchestra was given a splendid première.
23 March 2001
The second performance in Grimsby, to which unfamiliar Methodist Church
Hall venue my son thankfully drove us, for I am not the best of navigators
and would certainly have arrived even later for this. Had I done so, I would
have missed a spectacular piece devised by Barry Russell, a former member
of my staff at Bretton Hall and a composer with a strong, colourful imagination
and exciting ways of persuading his army of GCSE and performing arts students
into completing his outlines of a cartoon piece called That's All Folks.
About 40 children were on stage, mingled with the full orchestra. There
had been over 100 children during the day taking part in this residency,
yet only 12 stayed to hear the second half of the programme, which was,
like last night, The Emperor's Orchestra and Stravinsky's Pulcinella.
Overall however, the audience was much bigger and equally as appreciative.
Ian Lavender was even better, having by now thoroughly warmed to this little
story. Afterwards conductor, narrator, management and others were all discussing
future performances -- as they do! Some audience members came back to ask
if there was a CD they could buy. Well, maybe one day. I certainly hope
many more can hear John Pryce-Jones make the orchestra sound 'weary and
bored' and 'inspired' when they have to, and hear Ian Lavender getting angry
with woodwinds and brass that are unable to invent their own music. It was
all an excellent team.
28 March 2001
Far better than saying 'the cheque is in the post' is its arrival this
morning! An enjoyable and rewarding job done (I hope) well.
Copyright © 22 May 2001
Patric Standford, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK
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