Playday – Banding Together

Over the last few years, Nottingham Concert Band has pioneered the Playday concept, which has proved to be an effective and popular contrast to weekly rehearsals, formal evening concerts and outdoor events.

Several months in the planning, each Playday provides the opportunity for band members and invited guests to gather for a full day of intensive rehearsing to work on challenging additions to the repertoire.

Although the day usually concludes with a short, informal concert for the friends and family of band members, the primary intention is to enable players to explore and enjoy practical music-making within a group of experienced and highly committed musicians.

Nottingham Concert Band Playdays are directed by Robert Parker, supported by a team of specialist woodwind and percussion tutors. This enables a series of focussed sectional rehearsals to take place during the course of the day in addition to run-throughs by the entire band.

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Playing at Playdays 2009

2011 Playday – A Time to Celebrate!

A distinctly celebratory air pervaded Nottingham Concert Band’s 2011 Playday in May.

Forming part of the band’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the event enabled 60 members and guest players to work on a challenging selection of works, from New York (Hess) and Lyric Suite (Finzi) to the Wasson arrangement of Badelt’s themes from Pirates of the Caribbean. As ‘light relief’, the group also worked with gusto on Goldilocks – a fairy tale with a twist featuring guest narrator David Machell.

However, the highlight of the programme was Philip Sparke’s A Nottingham Festival, which was commissioned by Nottingham Concert Band to mark its anniversary and made possible thanks to funding from Flint Bishop Solicitors. The day closed with an informal performance, treating band supporters to the first live ‘bites’ from the new work.

The 2011 Playday was led by Music Director Robert Parker supported by Annette Negus (flutes and oboes), Chris McDouall (clarinets and bassoons), Colin Smith (brass) and Ashley Parnell (percussion). Robert himself ran sessions for the horn and sax sections.

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