It’s nearly here!!

It’s only few days now until Bromley Trombone Workshop opens it’s doors on Saturday 28th March at 9.30.

Everything is in place, we have delegates, we have guests, we have a band, we have a concert and we have tea and coffee (plus biscuits!). Man, oh man, do we know how to live!

So…we have a few places left for the workshop! Yep, I know! I mean seriously? With that line up? You’d think they’d all have gone! That’s just how it is sometimes – people are busy and all…

But the chores will wait until next week! If you play trombone come along; if you used to play trombone, dust it off and bring it along and get reacquainted with it; if you think you’d like to start playing and want to see what trombone people are all about, come along and check us out!

If you are interested please do let me know – preferably before Saturday! Likewise if you know anyone who might be interested in a fun day out with trombones – spread the word.

We have a great day planned, and of course we also have a great concert to follow the whole thing up with, where you will have the chance to hear some absolutely world class musicians playing live – in Bromley! And that doesn’t happen very often!

So why not come and join us, along with Brett, Paul, Garry & Adrian (Black Dyke Trombone Quartet) and Helen, Becky, Jayne & Lorna (Bones Apart) for a great day of music making, come and meet some new friends and just have a blast – literally and metaphorically!

A reminder of the details:

The day starts at 9.30 for a 10.00 start.

Cost for the day: £10.00 (£6 for students) including for evening festival

Don’t for get the evening Concert: 6.30pm – £5.00 admission

We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday!

As usual you can email to rich.debonnaire@me.com.

Cheers!

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A Great Rehearsal!

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Along with all the preparation for the trombone workshop itself, in the background Bromley Temple Salvation Army Band has also been working very hard on solo accompaniments, under the leadership of our bandmaster, Geoff Nunn. This has required a lot of hard work as we have had to learn a lot of new music; generally we don’t get to play alongside players of the calibre we have coming on Saturday 28th, so this is not without a bit of pressure!

The band will be accompanying one solo each from Brett Baker and Paul Woodward, plus a duet, as well as a Salvation Army trombone feature (for want of a better description) which Bones Apart will perform, and another to accompany the trombone choir which we will form on the day. I think it fair to say that amongst the band there may be a bit of trombone fatigue going on…?

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On Tuesday this week, it was a great pleasure to welcome Paul Woodward to our rehearsal to run through his solo, as well as a trombone duet which he will be playing with Brett (although our own Mark Norwood stood in for Brett on this occasion!) and Paul also had the opportunity to rehearse the band in Trombone Vespers (don’t forget you can download a copy to practice from the downloads page) which he will be leading on the day.

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It was a great rehearsal and Paul was on top form. Many thanks to him for going well out of his way to be there, and from a personal point of view it was great to catch up face to face!

These events are fun (kind of) to organise, but with such willing special guests as Paul, Brett & Bones Apart (Helen, Jayne, Becky & Lorna), they take most of the hardship out of it, because you know that on the day, they will ‘wow’ and ‘thrill’ their audience. And they do this in addition to their already busy professional or personal schedules! It is not taken for granted and I thank them all for their willingness to take part, as well of course to the members of Bromley SA Band.

Just a reminder, if I may to ask that if you plan to come on 28th March, to please let me know ASAP.

© Richard Debonnaire

Two Weeks Today

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I can’t really believe that two weeks today, the Bromley Trombone Workshop will be in full swing! I’ve arranged a couple of these before and this is the period I always find the most anxious! Have I thought of everything? Does everyone have what they need? Have I booked the venue? (I have – it’s my usual church!)

I also still need to find time to get some proper practicing done for my own playing – I wouldn’t want turn up and not have any lip, although mainly I’m thinking about a couple of tricky bits in the band accompaniment for the solo’s that Brett and Paul are playing! Yikes!

I just wanted to remind you that we still have some places available and although I have received a number confirmations for the workshop, others have expressed an interest to me, so I wanted to ask, that if you are planning to come would you please send me a confirmation email ASAP? You can reach me at rich.debonnaire@me.com.

It would be really helpful if you could also let me know age, ability (it doesn’t need to be scientific) and whether you read bass/treble clef or both? It will help us as we plan and prepare.

Also, don’t forget that we are presenting a festival of music at 6.30pm in the evening following the workshop, so if you have any friends or relations who might want to come along, let them know.

I’m really looking forward to the day and hope that you will be able to join us. If you have any questions about the day, or about Bromley itself regarding how to get there, where to park etc., then obviously check the information on the website first, but let me know if there is anything more specific, and I’l be happy to help out if there is anything I can do.

Cheers!

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Trombone Vespers

With 20 days to go until Bromley Trombone Workshop kicks off, our thoughts are turning to music that the Trombone Choir will be playing on the day.

As previously, we will form a trombone choir on the day which will be led by our leaders for the day (Brett Baker, Paul Woodward Bones Apart), and will consist of workshop delegates, the idea being to work on music throughout the day, learning as we go and to perform it as part of the concert in the evening. I don’t know what our guests for the day have in mind for the trombone choir, but one piece I do know we will be looking at is Ray Steadman-Allen’s ‘Trombone Vespers‘ which we will play to the accompaniment of Bromley Temple SA band.

If you are not familiar with Ray Steadman-Allen, it’s worth googling him. RSA (as he’s affectionately known) was a Salvation Army Officer (minister) with a tremendous gift for music. He is responsible for some of the most innovative, interesting and exciting brass band music written, both within The Salvation Army and in the wider brass band world, as well as very many choral works. He was the sort of chap, the word ‘genius’ is attached to, although it would have been hard to find a more humble man.

So, the performance of Trombone Vespers is, in a small way, a tribute to this brilliant composer for brass – there is so much music to pick from, but RSA liked to write for the trombone and this is a great trombone feature.

In preparation for this performance, I thought it might be helpful to provide you (if you’re coming – I hope you are!) with the opportunity to view the parts. There are 4 trombone parts, and we have provided both the original Salvation Army copy, but also re-drafated copies in A4 size which are easier to read, and also in both Treble and Bass Clef’s. You can find these to download here! 

If you would like to find out a bit more about RSA, there is a fabulous short video on YouTube, published by The Salvation Army’s UK Video Production Unit, and which was filmed in early 2014 which is really worth a watch, and from it you will get a sense of the man.

Also, there was a lovely obituary published in The Daily Telegraph, which you can view via the link here: Ray Steadman-Allen – Obituary 

If you would like to get an idea of how the piece goes, there are a few versions on YouTube which you can check out.

© Richard Debonnaire

Tickets now available for Trombone Workshop Concert

Preparations are progressing for the Bromley Trombone Workshop on 28th March, and not least for the evening concert.

The evening will feature the amazing Bones Apart, Brett Baker and Paul Woodward, as well of course as the Trombone Choir that will be formed during the day, and all supported by Bromley Temple Salvation Army band, under the leadership of Geoffrey Nunn.

Due to space in our hall, we are selling tickets for the evening concert, so please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Tickets cost £5 and are available now from Keith Sebbage, who will be happy to reserve them for you – you can pay on the day.

Email: Keith.Sebbage@salvationarmy.org.uk

Also, if you’re planning to attend the workshop itself, please do let me know as soon as possible. You can find full details of the day here, where you will find a link to the ‘Trombone Workshop Day’ information sheet, at the foot of which you’ll find a registration form.

If you have any questions at all, please do let me know!