Virtual orchestra

With the support of Glasgow Life, we have been able to organise a series of online playalong sessions under Louise’s direction. There will be six sessions, taking place on alternate Tuesdays and starting on March 23. The sessions will start at 19:30 and last for about an hour.

The session dates are:

Tuesday March 23
Tuesday April 6
Tuesday April 13
Tuesday April 19
Tuesday April 26
Tuesday May 3

Invitations to the sessions, with login details, will be sent out by email. If you don’t receive an email and would like to take part, please contact us using the Enquiries form.

Louise has chosen some pieces to start off with and has provided the following information about them.

I want to try to keep things straightforward and use repertoire that’ll work for our less confident players. Because of this, I’m going 100% with the BBC Ten Pieces arrangements for the first couple of sessions, because a) they’re easy to find and download, and b) people can select a part to suit their ability level (all ability level parts will work with the play-along recordings), and c) some of the pieces are familiar because we’ve worked on them previously. I know plenty of people would prefer the hardcore stuff from the get-go; but I reckon let’s ease ourselves into that in good time.

So I’m suggesting for next Tues:

DVORAK – Symphony no. 9/2nd movement Largo – but using the BBC Ten Pieces arrangement.

It’s crucial people download this version, not​ the original, as they’re in different keys! I’ll have a play-along track in the key of the BBC 10 Pieces arrangement.

PRICE, Florence – Symphony no. 1 in E minor/3rd movement ‘Juba Dance’ BBC Ten Pieces (We were doing this anyway, so many people may still have their parts)

BRAHMS – Hungarian Dance no. 5 in G minor. BBC Ten Pieces arrangement parts here (though with this one, if anyone’s feeling ambitious, the original parts here, which will be trickier esp for strings, should also be compatible)

STRAVINKSY – Firebird Suite/Finale BBC Ten Pieces arrangement

We might not necessarily use all four of these in the first session; we’ll just see how things go.

And we might do some of the tracks a couple of times in the session – give people a second run at them. Also, I can slow down recordings a little without changing the pitch, so with faster ones we can try them at a steadier speed first time, then a bit faster once people have warmed up them.

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