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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

BBC Philharmonic at Mediacity

BBC Philharmonic warming up

Mediacity, Salford
I was lucky enough to get a ticket to watch/listen to the BBC Philharmonic record in their new home at Mediacity yesterday.  I've seen smaller numbers of the Phil perform out 'in the community' in Salford which was great.  Now I had a chance to see all (or nearly all, there were 94!) of them in their purpose built studio.  It was interesting to glimpse into their world.  What a brilliant job they have!  As 2pm drew near, the studio began to fill up with the orchestra.  Members warmed up or chatted to friends - they could have been in any office in England!  At 2pm professionalism and the love of music enshued.  They performed pieces by 3 different composers Ravel, Gershwin and Montsalvatge.  My favourite parts were when the kettledrums bounced into play alongwith the brass section.  Fantastic. (And free!)

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