Post by petite joueuse on May 7, 2007 14:42:45 GMT
It was an EXHAUSTING day.
My bassoon teacher collected me at 7a.m. and we headed for Leeds. Inevitably (i was navigating!!) we got lost , but eventually found the event.
I played more bassoon in one day than I normally play in a week! I did a 1 hour bassoon trio workshop, a 1 hour rehearsal for the massed play, then the actual performance of the massed play. I also went to a very entertaining lecture about the cor anglais, a performance by some eminent wacky bassoonist and a performance by the Leeds College of Music students.
It certainly challenged me to raise my play!! People commented that I have a lovely tone...but I need to project myself more (not surprising really - I do shy away from playing forte!).
There were opportunites to try instruments....so I sent a text to my husband at lunchtime "Do we have 20 thousand to spare?". He replied "eh....NO!!", so I didn't buy a rather nice Puchner bassoon. I came away happy with Louis (my 20 year old, rather unusually coloured bassoon). He's certainly good enough for where I am at the moment.
So any of you double-reeders who get the chance....Yes, its a good day out!
I did hear rumours that the next IDRS event may well be in Birmingham next year.
See you there!!
PJ & Louis
Still obsessed with Shostakovich - have played his sonata for cello and piano! Now working on Brahms....