Ian Facer, who did a Brass workshop at one of our Musical Bites in 2010, gave a Brass Masterclass in the church this afternoon for a few musicians whose trumpet or cornet playing was Grade 4 level or above. Before the Masterclass began, Ian (with Julia on the piano) gave a recital of music using his various trumpets for the Masterclass students and those who had come into the church for refreshments (we served soup, rolls, tea, coffee and cake). Julia accompanied every one of the musicians on the piano during the afternoon. Each of them would play their piece through once, then Ian would discuss his various observations with them, ask them to try different techniques and dynamics and they would play some sections of their pieces again, with noticeable improvements. Quite a daunting thing to do in front of an audience, but every one of them managed very well, which made it a pleasure to hear them as we quietly served refreshments to anyone who came in to the church to listen.
As people were arriving, Ian, one of his trumpet pupils and our young organ scholar Jacob tested out how to tune trumpets to the Willis Organ, which is not at concert pitch. This was in preparation for the Organ Concert which will take place during our Organ Festival weekend in September when Ian plans some organ and trumpet pieces. Fortunately it is possible retune the trumpet to match the organ (for some orchestral instruments this is not possible) which is sharper than concert pitch.
The event was not focussed on being a fund raiser for the organ, Ian had asked to use the church for the Masterclass as it has such a good acoustic for music making, so the £66.40 we raised from refreshments was a bonus for the organ fund. Many thanks to everyone who helped (including making cake, soup and rolls), including Dai, Kath, Lesley, Shirley and David for coordinating everything.