Wylam Non Residential Weekend

1st September 2018 @ 10:00 am – 2nd September 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Wylam Institute
Church Rd
Wylam NE41 8AU
Lorna Wright

Our Wylam non-residential weekend (1st and 2nd September) this year will be devoted to music by Mozart. We are incredibly fortunate to be joined by Royal Northern Sinfonia’s bassoon player extraordinaire Stephen Reay, who will coach wind players in the glorious Serenade for 13 instruments k.361, and by Aurora strings violinist Jo Montgomery and ex-BBC NOW violist Chrissie Slater who will lead (mainly) string players in the equally glorious Sinfonia Concertante.

Here’s the timetable. Please note that, unlike most Cobweb events, there are some sessions on both mornings that are for sections of the orchestra rather than for everybody. The idea is that players who are not involved in morning sessions will arrive for lunch at 12.30 so that everyone can be together for eating and socialising, which will be followed by afternoon sessions (and an evening one on the Saturday) for full orchestra.

All players are welcome to sign up for however much or little of the weekend that they can manage. Each session concentrates on specific aspects of Mozart’s compositions. Please note that Mozart’s original scoring for many of these works is light on wind and brass. The notes below* should help you see how you can get the most out of the weekend.

Saturday 1st September

10.30 am – 12.30 pm Mainly wind (and lower strings). This morning session will be devoted to the Serenade for 13 wind instruments K 361. It is, simply, the most elegant and sublime music.

12.30 – 1.30 Shared lunch. String players who are playing in the afternoon come along early to join in.

1.30 – 5.00 (with a teatime break). Two symphonies (nos. 39 and 35 “Haffner”) and a concerto (for bassoon).

5.00 – 5.30 Cocktails in the garden

5.30 – 6.30 Evening meal. Either bring a picnic or visit one of the local pubs which do food (it might be a good idea to let them know you’re coming and might be in a bit pushed for time)

6.30 – 8.30 Overtures. All the favourites, Magic Flute, Seraglio, Figaro, etc. and maybe another concerto.
Sunday 2nd September 

10.30 am – 12.30 pm Strings only. This morning session will be a string sectional working on the Sinfonia Concertante K 364. I imagine this piece needs no introduction. It is, again, utterly sublime. We might also find time for some stylistic details in the overtures and symphonies we’ve been looking at.

12.30 – 1.15 Shared lunch. Wind and brass players who are playing in the afternoon come along early to join in.

1.15 – 2.45 Strings + wind. Putting together Sinfonia concertante. Another look at the “Haffner” Symphony.

2.45 – 3.00 Cup of tea

3.00 – 3.30 Play through Overture to Marriage of Figaro and Sinfonia concertante.

*How all the instruments will be used:

Upper strings – involved in everything except the Saturday morning session
Lower strings – fully involved in all sessions. Playing bassoon and contra bassoon parts for the Saturday morning session
Wind and brass – involved in all sessions except Sunday morning (strings only)
Special arrangements for wind and brass where Mozart did not originally write parts for you:

Flutes will sometimes play oboe parts
Clarinets will sometimes play oboe or horn parts
Bassoons will play cello parts in a couple of pieces
Trumpets will sometimes play horn parts
Trombones will play bassoon, horn or bass parts

I’m afraid there will only be parts for percussion in the overtures and symphonies.

You can find an enrolment form here, please note, the costs for this event are complicated, so please do read that section carefully or just ask.

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