I’ve just added a page called Feedback with, not suprisingly, some of the feedback we have had from our series of concerts so far. I must say that I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive and supportive comments and I particularly appreciated the following:
“Really enjoyed the whole evening – the music was accessible – even to non-musical people like me!”
I liked this remark because it sums up precisely what I’ve been trying to achieve with the music of Fordante – to create music that is both enjoyable and accessible.
Sadly, we are nearing the last concert in our premiere tour around Shropshire having just completed three consecutive Saturday evening performances at Cleobury Mortimer Parish Hall, the Victoria Hall in Broseley and the Red House in Albrighton (near Wolverhampton).
The feedback from all of the shows has been very positive and appreciative which is obviously great to hear. We were overwhelmed with the comments of well-wishing and constructive support. There were questionaires available to offer any suggestions to how we could improve as I’m very keen to know how we can make the concerts and our music as enjoyable as possible for everyone’s benefit. While I’m on the subject I’ll take this opportunity to thank the audience members for taking the time and even writing complete pages of useful comments! Many of these we have taken on board resulting in changes to the layout and programme.
I thought I’d take this opportunity to reprint a section out of the write up from the glossy Shropshire Review magazine that’s just been printed:
“The music is described as crossover classical and has been specially composed by Phil for the tour. The work has been much praised for its universal appeal, reaching out to both classical ad contemporary music lovers with equal success. ”
“The group made its debut in December playing to an appreciative audience who were entranced by the unique sound of the baroque/big screen fusion, seamlessly blended. This is genuinely new music, not pastiche or the reworking of established classics and must be regarded as a genre in its own right. Catch it while you can.”
We’ve decided to include some well known and loved film music into our concert – music that has inspired and influenced me over the years and are soundtracks that I listen to again and again.
Fordante feel that these tie in well with the programme and are a few of my personal favourites from some of the most talented living film composers, so I have been busy arranging and orchestrating the music from the following soundtracks for our ensemble:
First let me say a big thanks to everyone who came along to the concert premiere at St Leonard’s Church in Bridgnorth – it was a great opening to the tour and very well received. How do I know this? Well I asked the audience to fill in a brief questionnaire (no, it wasn’t quite the drudgery it sounds!) and rate each piece so that I’ve got an idea of what’s liked out of the music we play. Typically the concert has about 16 or so pieces of music and not all of these are going onto the album so it’s important to me to see what is most enjoyed. Our music varies from the slow melancholy adagios to some quite upbeat almost ‘pop’ style pieces so it’s great to know what our listeners prefer. I’m really happy to report that it was well appreciated – well at least according to our questionnaires!
I must say thank you to the supporters and sponsors including our headline sponsor for this five date tour FBC Manby Bowdler LLP for helping make this tour possible. The support from the local businesses of Bridgnorth and the surrounding area has been absolutely fantastic.
It was great to perform at the Birmingham Art Gallery & Museum last Saturday. The acoustics in the Round Room were absolutely fantastic even though we didn’t quite have enough time to do a thorough sound check! Thanks to Clare Edwards from the Gigbeth Music Festival for asking us to play and to all those who came and said hello.
The feedback from the audience was very warm and welcoming and it was nice to be asked by several audience members where they could buy a CD of Fordante. I’m literally in the process of organising the recording of the new album and to fit this into the player’s busy schedules. However, I’m also keen to make sure that the correct music is selected for the album so it is an opportunity for the audiences on our imminent tour to help shape the album.
Birmingham Art Gallery & Museum The Round Room
Having said all of this we have managed to squeeze in a recording session this past week recording a couple of pieces that I’ll upload onto the site when they’re mixed and ready, to whet your appetite. Watch this space!