This week's blog is a little different, no tips and tricks just some news about the Library of Birmingham Music Day which we organised on Sunday 1st March 2015. We had over 100 people attend the day and we hope to do it again in the future.
An email from BBC WM landed in my Inbox on Wednesday morning asking if the music day could feature on the popular BBC WM programme "Hunted!". I was more than happy to oblige.
This programme leads Debi around the West Midlands. She and the listeners work out where the clue sends her next, every so often she must complete a challenge in order to gain a clue.
For her challenge, we custom-made a recorded made from a carrot, Debi treated us and the BBC WM listeners to a rendition of Frere Jaques.
This got the day off to a great start!
11:30 Am - The Story of Brass
The first item on the official timetable for the day was a rather interesting talk by Freddie Miles about the history of and workings of the brass instruments. The talk included a real-life hosepipe horn, we had a rather enthusiastic volunteer who demonstrated his skills on this instrument. The session was rounded off by a performance of Theme and Variations by Franz Strauss.
12:30 Pm - Piano Fun and Duets - PB Arts Duo
Next we had a short history of the piano and including performances by Stephen Partridge and 4 handed piano duets. Fun was had by all.
1:15 Pm - The Alma Guitar Quartet
The Alma Guitar Quartet joined us and gave a reprise of their "A Tour of America" concert programme. It was thoroughly enjoyable and a lovely lunchtime concert.
2:30 Pm - The String Sessions - With The Salsedo Ensemble
This was the best attended session of the day, with over 60 people in attendance and lots of children had a chance to have a go on both a violin and cello. They seemed to thoroughly enjoy listening to the music performed by Aaron, David and Stephen.
Thank you to everyone who attended, we hope to do a similar event again. Keep your eyes peeled for information as and when it appears.