A busy quintet summer and autumn!

It’s been a pretty busy few months for our quintet!  In July we had the privilege to perform as part of the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford Cathedral and then jumped straight onto a plane to Quiberon, performing as part of the warm-up for Pascal Gallois’ new music festival, Les Musicales de Quiberon.  We were thrilled to hear that Pascal’s festival weekend in September was a great success!

With the new academic year, Eric and Michael returned to RWCMD – but we still had some work to do, and in September we performed at the VIP champagne reception of BAFTA Cymru in St David’s Hall.  It was fantastic to see so many respected artists there and we loved playing as everyone arrived.

Backstage in our BAFTA dressing room!

Backstage in our BAFTA dressing room!

It also gave us a chance to try out some new arrangements (especially ABBA!) and some of June Emerson Wind Music’s arrangements – Rossini’s Silken Ladder Overture is a particular favourite!

When we’re not hob-nobbing with film and television stars, we also perform educational concerts in schools.  In September and October we’ve played our quintet version of Hansel & Gretel (also provided by June Emerson Wind Music) to children in Llandaff Cathedral School, Driffield Junior School and Driffield School, as well as some give-it-a-go sessions with instruments.

It was fantastic to hear that many of the children were inspired to take up lessons after hearing us, and with a running time of 30 minutes as well as some outstanding acting from our resident Wicked Witch, Eric, this education project is proving a great success for schools.

Coming up we have a recital in Cardiff Museum on Sunday 8th November at 1pm, and we are hoping to record a CD in the next few months as promotional material.

We are also thrilled to announce that our bassoonist, Bartosz Kwasecki, has won a place in the Southbank Sinfonia this year!  This is a huge and well-deserved achievement; congratulations Bart!

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