Every prom season I take a look to see what the John Wilson and his orchestra will be offering and this years performance of Oklahoma was superb.
A well chosen cast including Belinda Lang & comedian Marcus Brigstocke supported the orchestra fantastically. The sounds from both the singers and orchestra was wonderfully rich – full of life and energy. A few dodgy american accents but that can be forgiven for the skills of the singers.
My one small downside – we were sat in the Grand Tier box 39 which was right in line with the front of the stage. This meant acoustics of the snare drum were bad. The sound was returning from the back wall to my ears a few milliseconds behind everything else. Annoying for parts with loud snare – but otherwise fine.
As usual an excellent evening with John Wilson and his Orchestra. Will be back again next year I hope.
The bain of main life are musical notes in base clef. At a slow speed I can read and play it, but at high speed – nah. It never quite works out well enough. Previously to convert the notes – I had used to a *cough* dodgy *cough* version of a windows based notation program and a licensed version of PhotoScore from Neuratron.
Since I dont have a windows VM any more on my mac it was time to look for alternatives. This time I tried the open source software MuseScore. I scanned my notes with PhotoScore, saved into XML and imported. A few clicks later and some tidyup and I had the treble clef notes I wanted.
It took a few attempts to get the MuseScore installer downloaded due to some ftp disconnects – but have the patience and give it a go.
Why post about the last night of the proms in May? I’m off to a wedding in the UK that happens to be a few nights before the last night, so I’ve started doing my research on getting hold of some tickets without having the time to be a full season ticket holder. My first option is gonna be the open ballot. Second option is going to be a resale website somewhere. Third option – dont know yet (but I might queue all day if the weather is dry and try for a promer ticket)
Theres a few other proms in the series I may try and head over for if I can get tickets which go on general sale May 13th. Prom 34/35 is John Wilson and his orchestra performing Oklahoma. His take on big tunes is fantastic and his musicians adds a huge sound to anything they perform.