Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring – 1st Study Day

Sunday 21st October saw an orchestra of 54 players gather at Dipton Community Centre for the Cobwebs 1st study day on Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’.
We had an amazing day and achieved far more than any of us ever imagined. Andy’s thorough preparation of the score beforehand meant that we were cleverly and successfully guided through what is probably the most difficult work many of us have tackled.
(Quote from a player “Andy gave a master class in teaching that day; he was truly brilliant.”)
We didn’t start at the beginning and work our way through to the end; instead we started with the easier bits and slowly moved on to the more difficult bits. In no time at all we’d actually played the whole work albeit in a mixed up order.
At the end of the day we did play the whole piece and it really did sound like ‘The Rite of Spring’ that Stravinsky had written!
Roll on the 2nd study day (Saturday 19th January 2013 at Darlington) – I for one can’t wait to have another go.