Busy weekend starts tomorrow

Two concerts this weekend will see Fordante perform at Codsall just outside Wolverhampton tomorrow night and then on Saturday we are back over to Rugby to Dunchurch and Thurlaston WI. Both concerts start at 7:30pm.

Fordante at Wiloughby performing The Blue Danube Waltz
Fordante at Wiloughby performing The Blue Danube Waltz
Fordante on stage at Wiloughby

What a warm, welcoming and wonderful evening Fordante had at Wiloughby last Friday. We certainly left Wiloughby with a smile on our faces.

I have to say that I’m rather looking forward to these next two concerts to spread a little more musical happiness!

Harvington Concert

Thanks to everyone who was at our return concert last Friday evening at Harvington for making us feel so welcome and for some very thoughtful and appreciative comments.

Harvington Fordante Concert
Harvington Fordante Concert
Harvington Fordante Concert
Harvington Fordante Concert
Harvington Fordante Concert
Harvington Fordante Concert

Fordante camFM Radio Interview

Thanks to the folks (Phil/Simon) over at CamFM (Cambridge University) Radio for the interview this weekend for their classical/film soundtrack program.

I had a slightly startling start to the recording when I accepted the call on the iPod via Skype and was greeted with my own face filling the screen but as soon as the video call was disabled the interview could continue where we talked a little about Fordante and film composing.

CamFM Fordante radio interview
CamFM Fordante radio interview

Fordante Concert Premiere

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!

St Leonards Church, Bridgnorth

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.

Finally, we raised £55 from the prize draw in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

New Studio Recordings Uploaded

I’ve just uploaded a couple of recordings from when I managed to get Fordante into the studio a couple of weeks back. This week I’ve spent a few days mixing these recordings down so you can take a browse to the Music page (also linked at the top of this page) and listen to Chase and Adagio 2.

The two Bec's - oboe & cello players

The photo shows the two Bec’s (oboe & cello) in the studio taking a break between the recording sessions and trying on the Venetian masks.