LMT Percussion Day 2018
On Sunday 14th January, the inaugural Love Music Trust Percussion Day was held at Sandbach School. The day offered a mixture of open rehearsals and workshops, with a programme spanning a wide range of genres and styles.
The day kicked off with an open rehearsal of ‘Six Marimbas’ by Steve Reich. The session featured players from LMT ensembles alongside visiting students from Birmingham Conservatoire’s Percussion Department. This was followed by a Latin percussion workshop, which was delivered by students from Birmingham Conservatoire. Participants had the chance to try their hand at a wide variety of instruments, including congas, cowbells and shakers. By the end of the session, the group had put together a great piece for the concert.
After a break for lunch, there was an open rehearsal of ‘Ionisation’ by Varése, led by Adrian Spillett. Written for thirteen players, it is a landmark composition and it was really exciting to see a live performance featuring such a variety of instruments.
The final session of the day was a tuned percussion workshop. This was led by orchestral percussionist Owen Gunnell, and gave everyone a chance to try their hand at playing the marimba, glockenspiel, xylophone and other tuned instruments.
The day ended with a concert attended by friends and family, in which participants could perform the pieces they had learnt during the day. The concert also featured performances from the Love Music Trust Outreach Project at Elworth Hall Primary School, and a (very impressive!) drum solo by Harry Bent, a current student at Birmingham Conservatoire, and ex-member of LMT Percussion Ensemble.
It was a fantastic day, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. A big thank you to all who attended, with particular thanks to Acoustic Percussion (sponsor of the LMT Percussion Ensemble), Adrian Spillett and Owen Gunnell for their support.