The 2011 Midwest Clinic in Chicago has all but finished with some clinics and concerts to go later today. It has been a very busy week with WASBE meetings, the enormous trade show and the fantastically incessant social interaction.
The 15th International WASBE conference has opened in CHiayi City, Taiwan. And by all accounts, things are going really well. Earlier today, there was a performance given by the Norwegian Wind Orchestra in front of a sold out 1100 seater concert hall. That's a little different than it was in Killarney in 2007 when ticket sales were on the weak side to say the least. I was supposed to attend the conference in my capacity as a WASBE Board member but alas, due to work constraints, I was unable to travel.
It's now over a week since I conducted Dublin Concert Band at the Irish National Band Championships in the University of Limerick Concert Hall.
This is a copy of an email sent to a French Horn mailing list having read many emails that criticised various instruments for their intonation difficulties.
I've read with interest the recent posts (and others) discussing intonation problems with various horns and I have a theory - and it may well be bull, but it's my theory, as follows:
Tonight, 25th January 2010, I conducted both the Junior and Senior Wind Bands of the RIAM in a concert at the National Concert Hall. Truth to tell, both groups were under rehearsed as the recent snow closed the Academy for one of our scheduled rehearsal days and the planned weekend workshop with the seniors didn't happen as a result.