Monday, 21 July 2014

Rest of the Best Last Lap

Why Leeds ArtForms and other music services run these central teacher ensembles is for three main reasons:
1. It's highly educational while being entertaining, watching a band or orchestra of top class players, who are also your teachers, play music themselves. That we/they are teachers means we know our students, know their attention spans, know their tastes in music, know how we can push different genres and new tunes; we know how far to go with interaction before we cause a riot. And we always leave 'em wanting more [and ourselves!]
Rest of the Best last tour
2. The life of a peripatetic teacher can be quite lonely, and it's good for the soul to get together with other peris.
3. It's also a good repertoire exchange for the teachers.
So, less of the justification and it's back on the road. It's the Rest of the Best's last lap for July 2014. This time we are me [steelpan, Bass guitar, ukulele], Diane [keyboards, accordion, ocarina], Janet [flute, clarinet], Fiona [violin, viola, acoustic guitar], Mike [electric guitar, vocals], Dan [electric and acoustic guitar], Bart [kit].
City of Leeds Wednesday
City of Leeds on Wednesday
In the morning we are Green Meadows School in Guiseley and Rawdon St Peter's. I left my pan stand at the former so had to do pan de neck with two bits of string at the latter [ouch de neck!].
Last tour
After lunch at the Lounge in Farsley, it's over to Milestone for what  is, inevitably, our best performance, now that we have rehearsed at seven other schools!
And this year, we built in time to lunch out together between schools, so reason number Four!
4. discover new cafes.
[Have included some archive photos as my camera came to a battery halt on Thursday.][have not included pics of kids even if they have publicity permission as, for this blog, it would be unnecessarily intrusive]
outside West Oaks, Boston Spa, 2012 tour
Parklands PS last tour
last tour

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