The Royal Northern College of Music Trip
Bright and early on Sunday 24th of April, a group of budding musicians (woodwind and brass) from MTBS travelled with Mr Lock for a special event at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).
They attended the first ever Wind Orchestra Day,which hopefully now will become a yearly event. The RNCM is one of top to Music Conservatories in the UK and the world – it is also the best place for Saxophone tuition.
The day was split into three sections, first was the large scale Wind Orchestra rehearsal conducted by the Head of Saxophone and Deputy Head of the School of Wind, Brass and Percussion (WBP) Rob Buckland. Within the ensemble (ranging from high school students to people well into retirement) were several RNCM tutors (John Miller-Trumpet and Head of WBP), Nick Cox (Clarinet) and members of the John Wallace Collection, an international Brass Ensemble.
After the rehearsal the Wind Orchestra broke up in to its instrumental sections and went for a Creative and Technique Class with leading tutors of the RNCM. Every student enjoyed the session and seemed to come away from this class having learnt something.
The final section of the trip was watching a Performance by the ARKensemble conducted by Rob Buckland. This was outstanding and really showed the students what standards higher level education students can achieve.
The day was a great success and a real eye opener to many – it enabled many students to realise that music is so much more than what happens in school. It also allowed them to see what a Music College is – as it is not like a University and just how much fun music making is even when your performances are being assessed for your degree!
I look forward to return to the RNCM with more students to next year’s Wind Orchestra trip and the Saxophone Day in November.
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