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Concert reviews - NSWO November 26th and December 3rd 2011

Thoresby Park - The Riding Hall Sunday 26th November 2011
On Sunday 27th November the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra took the opportunity to perform at Thoresby Hall where they played a wide and varied mix ranging from ET going home via Jupiter from the Planet Suite. The venue is one of the best in Nottinghamshire with excellent views of the performers and acoustics that should be the envy of many theatres - the Orchestra did justice to the quality of sight and sound.
I have attended all of the Concerts performed by Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra and have never heard them play with as much style and panache as they did at Thoresby - the atmosphere must have got mixed into the adrenalin as they were quite simply superb.
Keiron Anderson, the musical director of the orchestra selected an exquisite programme of music that challenged the Orchestra who rose to that challenge and performed to the standard that would earn them another gold medal if they were in a competition.

St Giles' Church, West Bridgford - Saturday 3rd Decmeber
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra's annual jamboree at St Giles Church in West Bridgford.
Keiron Anderson conducted a varied repertoire of music for the season ranging from the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, the fascinatingly evocative Morning Alleluias for the Winter Solstice by Nelson into the more well known Miracle on 34th Street arranged by Vinson and concluding with the traditional [for the Orchestra] Sleigh Ride by Anderson.
The enjoyment and feast of fun was performed brilliantly by the players and the evening was enhanced with the appearance of the Blackwood Clarinet Choir under the baton of Christopher Hogarth playing Rondo from Mozart's Horn Concerto, Carol Fantasy by Anderson and the Strauss Tritsch Tratsch Polka.
If you have never heard the Orchestra perform then you have missed an evening of quality music performed by a quality Orchestra who happen to be one of the best wind orchestras in the country. Sponsored by Windblowers of Derby Road Nottingham this Orchestra has been performing for 24 years and we all look forward to 2012 which promises to be a fantastic 25th Anniversary year for the group.

Both from Bill Milburn - audience member.

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