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Not strictly " extra-curricular" but a few mumsnet vibes appreciated

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Theas18 Mon 29-Apr-13 16:19:19

Hi DS has his AS music practical tomorrow. DD1 is coming home from uni to do the " group" part (LOL) because there just isn't anyone else he can play with at school.

The vibes are needed to help DS have nerves of steel, and for the examiner to understand the recorder is a "real" instrument. Mind you if you hear DS play and don't "get" that I think you shouldn't be examining!

For those that understand recorder music he's doing Hotteterre, Robin milford, and a Teleman canon sonata .


KatyMac Mon 29-Apr-13 16:23:12

Oh good luck

DD has 7 (adult) drummers coming round tonight to (learn &) record her GCSE music composition.....I have made cakes grin not on the same scale but I understand the complexities of arranging these things

Theas18 Mon 29-Apr-13 16:29:25

Wow good luck Katiymac DD

KatyMac Mon 29-Apr-13 16:34:45

I was just surprised the drummers could be bothered

DD must be much nicer out than she is at home

AS level, I can't even imagine

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 29-Apr-13 20:16:21

There were recorder players on both mine and dh's degree courses. I've been to recorder recitals. Lovely instrument.

BeckAndCall Mon 29-Apr-13 20:21:03

Don't you worry, theas, the recorder is a real instrument!

Just go and look at the final for young musician last year and you'll see. I was lucky enough to there for the semi final and it was magnificent.

So good luck to your DS. And to KatMac's DD too! (All our recordings are out of the way for this year. Phew!)

RussiansOnTheSpree Mon 29-Apr-13 20:23:13

Beck - you really don't need to be recommending Theas of all people to look at good recorder players!!!! grin

KatyMac Mon 29-Apr-13 22:19:28

All done and not a recorder in sight wink

Good luck for tomorrow for both DS & DD

Wafflenose Mon 29-Apr-13 22:38:34

Ooh, I SO wish I could come along and listen to the recorder recital! I hope it goes brilliantly.

We love the recorder in this house. My youngest (Baby Waffle) has just started learning. I took the older DD (Mini Waffle) to a NYRO day yesterday, and she LOVED it. They are keen to have her on their Easter course next year, but made it clear that she would need to improve her treble playing. She has duly done 35 minutes tonight. I'm not sure about the course - four nights away from home - and might make her wait a couple of years, but we'll see..

BeckAndCall Tue 30-Apr-13 06:43:57

I know that russians - I was just trying to give encouragement!!

Maybe Charlotte is actually theas's DD? <brain cogs turn.....>

KatyMac Tue 30-Apr-13 07:31:11

Beckandcall - why not get that post removed (ask MN towers or report your post) it isn't nice to speculate on people's real life identity - even if it's for lovey reasons

Theas18 Tue 30-Apr-13 08:29:51

don't worry KatyMac I'm not Charlottes mum!

Wafflenose your DD would love the NYRO Easter course. The youngest started at just 10 and loved it (so has done 3 courses - not this year though) Generally it seems that it's a rather younger bunch than the summer course.

BeckAndCall Tue 30-Apr-13 10:14:02

Sorry, Katy, if that worried you but as theas DS is the recorder player, and her DD is at college, I know this couldn't be the case. Clumsy of me perhaps but I knew it was not possible as I was typing and thinking out loud. I wouldn't have said it if I thought it could be true ( which highlights how pointless my post was! Just thinking out loud at the time)

My original point remains! The recorder is a great instrument and there are clips on BBC I player which prove it to be so!

RussiansOnTheSpree Tue 30-Apr-13 10:16:36

If anyone is interested in seeing some virtuoso recorder playing they should look on youtube for the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, or The Royal Wind Music. grin I won't name my orchestra because modesty forbids. grin

Startail Tue 30-Apr-13 10:20:44

Double Good luck to Theas DS

DD is only in Y10 doing GCSE and that makes me nervous.
My DSIL played beautiful Hebridean folk songs on the recorder at our wedding. She also did a lot of early music. All on various sizes of recorder grin

anothermadamebutterfly Tue 30-Apr-13 11:03:11

Good luck to your DS - I was the accompanist (on the piano) to my friend, who played recorder (treble/alto recorder) as part of her school-leaving exams (this was not in the UK).

It was so nerve-racking for her, and she was really worried about the examiners not taking the recorder seriously, but she did very well, and went on to study music.

She played some Teleman too, I still have the music somewhere!

circular Tue 30-Apr-13 13:05:28

Bit late to the thread but good luck to Theas DS.

DD1 yr11 a recorder player too, and came up against much prejudice when she insisted on doing both solo and ensemble GCSE performances on recorder.

Telemann Sonatas a great favourite in our house currently. Not come across the others.

kitkat1967 Tue 30-Apr-13 21:14:18

I saw you at NYRO Wafflenose - well I suspected it was you and mini waffle.
My DD was there and she also went to the Easter course (first time) but she is 12 now.
Recorder is not her 'main' instrument but she is totally hooked at the moment and is currently playing descant, treble & tenor (purchased at Easter course!!) - she wants a bass next as they let her play the Great Bass at NYRO.

Theas18 Tue 30-Apr-13 21:41:37

Well ds said it was "ok" and dd that it was " good" for the duet part.

He obviously really got into his grove in the viva part talking about baroque pitch etc. his teacher is so good and they chat about this sort if stuff all the time, so he will have done well in this I'm sure. Interesting to think of the variety of things these examiners deal with and this is such a specialist area.

Wafflenose Wed 01-May-13 09:43:03

waves at kitkat

I probably saw you too if that's the case! smile DD plays the descant mainly, but also sopranino and treble. She's currently too small for a tenor, but quite big for her age, so maybe it won't be too long! She wants to do the Easter course, but we'll see how she is maturity-wise (she would only be 8 by then, so we might wait a couple of years) and whether we can afford it. She also plays the flute in her school orchestra.

Theas -so glad it went well for you ds! It sounds like he has done really well.

KatyMac Wed 01-May-13 09:56:27

Sounds positive

kitkat1967 Wed 01-May-13 11:20:41

Wafflenose - the Easter course is billed as for ages 10- 21 so your DD is unlikely to find others her age so I'm not sure what the social side of it would be like for her. This year one year girl was 9 but there were lots of children aged 11,12,13 and they had a fantastic time.

circular Wed 01-May-13 13:59:28

sounds as though it went well Thea. Out of interest, is it OCR being external performance assessment?

Kitkat Do you get many over 14's at the NYRO days?

RussiansOnTheSpree Wed 01-May-13 14:19:41

Circular - at playing days it can vary. Over the years DD1 has always been one of the younger ones but this year there were plenty younger than her, but again, several older. Your DD (probably a year and a bit older) would not have been out of place at any of the playing days DD1 has ever attended, age wise. DD1 has never been to the Easter course because Rugby is a ridiculous place to get to from here and because it's not auditioned, it isn't much cheaper yada yada yada. At the summer course, most of the kids have been over 14 (I might say well over) in the last two years. DD1 was among the youngest last year and the year before. I wouldn't have dreamed letting her go any younger than 12/13 although there was one child younger than that the first year that she went (but he had either a close family friend or an actual sibling also attending).

Theas18 Wed 01-May-13 14:38:56

Yup OCR blush had to check school website to know!

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