Wind Ensemble Tour to Berlin The Wind Ensemble visited Berlin in the final week of the Lent term, with Wells musicians excelling themselves with their professionalism and musicality. The group visited the CPE Bach Musikgymnasium, cementing the School’s relationship with the Young Music Talents in Europe group. They performed a programme of music by Francaix, Orff, Reicha and John Williams alongside German soloists and ensembles, following rehearsals with their Head of Wind, Norbert Muller. A further day was spent at the Rheingau Gymnasium, working with the school orchestra
and giving a workshop on improvisation; the day culminated in a successful concert. On the final day, the musicians watched the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra rehearse Mahler’s Symphony no. 1 in the morning, meeting up with french horn player Sarah Willis, who took the group on stage to show them around the Philharmonie. This was followed by a meeting with conductor Daniel Harding, who met the group backstage for a photo opportunity and chat after the concert in the evening.
Single Reed Day
Jazz Skills Day
The recent Single Reed Day, for saxophonists and clarinettists, was a high energy day for everyone involved. Over 40 musicians enjoyed the day’s sessions on improvisation, ensemble techniques and masterclasses, which culminated in a finale concert to parents and friends.
Led by the engaging and professional jazz maestro Iain Ballamy and Ed Leaker, young musicians at this year’s Jazz Skills Day experimented with improvisation styles in the jazz tradition. The sessions were embellished by a wide spectrum of instruments including flutes, euphonium and cornets which all added to the great atmosphere on the day.
In Touch Summer 2019