Not in the bad way either – the IWSO concert was completely sold-out on Saturday, and went really well. Especially important from my perspective was the complete absence of any collapsing percussion instruments! Even the tubular bells, the stand for which had lain at the back of a cupboard for many years, stood up to the hammering (please excuse the bad pun).

It was a long concert, the finish made later for the percussion section due to the sheer amount of kit we had to dismantle and stow in various cupboards, cars and vans; but I think we all enjoyed it.

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It’s the last Symphony Orchestra concert of the current season next Saturday (12th July), – and it’s going to be a good one.

I don’t think the rest of the orchestra realise just how much space the percussion section is going to take up, – here’s just the largest of the instruments we’ll be playing:

  • Pedal Timpani (not sure if there’ll be 3 or 4, but they’re pretty large anyway)
  • Xylophone
  • Vibraphone
  • Marimba
  • Bass Drum
  • Tubular Bells
  • Drum Kit

In addition to those, there’ll be a wide assortment of other drums (Congas, Bongos etc.), Cymbals and miscellaneous auxiliary instruments (including a bird whistle!).

Path up to the LongstoneFinally, – we’ve had some proper Spring weather, so it was a chance to go to Mottistone and look at the Bluebells. (And also to see if my N95’s GPS linked camera would play nicely – which it did!).

Also discovered that Gorse bushes appear to smell of Coconut!