- Bob Ashworth
|Click here to return to the main trompe page|
Welcome back to you all after the summer break. I hope you all have had a great holiday and are raring to go once again! The Aldborough concert was a resounding success - thanks to all who took part and gave so much of their time - I think it was well worth the effort! If anyone would like a print (colour) of any of the pictures (see the gallery) I'm sure it could be arranged.
We have a presence on the web! Take a moment to look at www.bobaton.co.uk and let me know what you think. Any help and ideas will be gratefully received and carefully considered. If any of you would like to send me a brief biography and a photo these can easily be included! Dig out your best mug shot - it doesn't have to be of you playing the horn - it can be as daft as you like - we already know that most of the club members are barking mad!
The Edinburgh Festival performances of Schumann's 'Genoveva' went well - catch it in Leeds if you can- it's a rarity so you may not get another chance! the horn parts have their moments but (un)fortunately are nothing like as good as the Rhenish Symphony or the Konzertstuck.
Our first concert of the season in Sunderland included Siegfried's Rhine Journey from Gotterdammerung - unfortunately (to save money!) we were restricted to the four horn version! However it was the first chance I have had to play the 'short call' - and useful, since I have to play it off-stage in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester in a couple of weeks in the big version with the BBC Philharmonic.
Maggie & Paul are off for a big time gig with that guy with the white hankie - what's his name Parvo Roti - he likes his food anyway. Telewest arena, in Newcastle on 26th September.
Dougie has had to take some time off as he has developed a potentially serious condition known as Temporo Mandibular Joint syndrome (TMJ). It restricts the movement of the jaw and can have far reaching postural complications. Fortunately he has caught it early and is seeing the right specialists to get him back on the right track. I'm sure you'll all join Maggie, Paul and myself in wishing him a speedy and stressfree recovery.
As well as buying a modern trompe de chasse from Paris, Bob has been very fortunate to acquire an old one from Frank Sternfeld (our harpist colleague at Opera North). Frank is Flemish and the trompe has been hanging on the wall for years at the family home in Brussels. He would much rather it was used and indeed it has been heard this summer scaring the wits out of the local wildlife over the Sound of Mull in West Scotland. The sound outdoors is wonderful - has to be heard to be believed! I'll bring them in so you can have a go!
As well as the Bach celebrations, let's not forget that this year is also the 250th anniversary of Rosetti's birth. A Czech composer with an Italian name who lived in Germany and wrote 20 horn concertos!
Here is our local trompe expert Jim Moore who as a sideline to his work for shows like 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Les Mis' already has four other players (including me!) hooked on playing the trompe - so soon we may have a trompe troupe to entertain you!
You will no doubt be aware that this is a big year for J S Bach. As part of the 250th anniversary of his death, the Orchestra pf the Square Chapel in Halifax are performing two of the Brandenburg Concertos at their next concert on 24 September. The soloists in No1 will be Bob Ashworth and Deborah Allon.
Nick Barber and Bob Shaw will also be playing in the rest of the programme which includes a Little Suite by Malcolm Arnold and Dvorak's Symphony No8. The Square Chapel is a lovely venue and the concert starts at 7,30pm. If you can make it - see you in the bar!
BRAVISSIMO to Alex Robinson who passed the Guildhall Grade VIII exam with Honours. Hope he didn't look quite as bad as this poor fellow!
Thanks to Jim Moore for this!!!