On a rare summer evening in July, when Daniel Barenboim was practising carrying a torch and the Queen was learning how to parachute, Barnet Band partied at a more modest venue in the Totteridge village.
An evening of much fun and amusement as well as some fine musical performances was enjoyed by all. Gold medal goes, of course, to conductor Matt for his participation in the Great Train Race, a piece for solo flute by contemporary composer Ian Clarke.
But to begin this report with an account of Matt’s performance is really to jump the gun. Our lively evening actually got off the mark with a splendid buffet supper to which all had contributed. No French fries of any brand here!
The evening’s entertainment kicked off with a clarion of clarinets (about 10 of them) performing arrangements by Craig of Amparita Roca, Entry of the Gladiators and a movement from Debussy’s Children’s Corner. The baton was then taken up by a flirtation of flutes playing pieces including Where Sheep May Safely Graze. A sonority of saxophones also played Craig’s arrangements including Bobby Shaftoe. The remarkable Stan sang Who is Sylvia with his delightful accompianist Nina. And a chamber trio (flute, clarinet, bassoon) played an arrangement of the Pachelbel Canon as well as part of a Mozart Divertimento. Last but not least was a clarinet quartet playing pieces including a Scott Joplin rag.
The brass section was sadly not represented in the entertainment due to ill-health. We look forward to hearing them at Barnet Band 2013.