Perse musicians learn from world-class trombonists

Perse musicians enjoyed a masterclass from renowned trombone quartet Bones Apart.

Founded in 1999, Bones Apart are an all-female group who have toured all over the world and won multiple prestigious awards including the Royal Over-Seas League Competition and the Phillip Jones Award.

The day began with the group holding excellent 45-minute workshops with the Senior Trumpet Ensemble and Senior Brass Dectet.

A rehearsal and recording session followed for brass players in Years 7 to 10, conducted and led by Bones Apart performers.

Perse pupils contributed tremendous solos to the quartet’s arrangement of The Lily of the Valley. These new pieces allowed the students to explore some rhythmic structures they may not have previously been used to.

They worked on varied repertoire, playing some of Bones Apart’s own arrangements, as well as honing some of their existing pieces, with the day being rounded off with an after-school concert in the Lecture Theatre.

Edward Devereux (Year 9) said he was particularly excited to work on his articulation with the group and on refining his current repertoire.

Perse Director of Music Ben Wingfield said: “The masterclasses with the group gave the students an insight into the strategies Bones Apart use during their rehearsal process, developing their skills working in an ensemble.

“The evening concert allowed our ensembles to rub shoulders with a professional group at the top of their game.”


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