In preparation for our upcoming concert on 27th July in Thompson Church (see events page), we met for one of our occasional study days to work on our ensemble playing. These are enjoyable and rewarding days where we work through our programme focusing in detail on dynamics, balance and performance. We know the pieces but try to listen with fresh ears for ways to add clarity to the individual parts and narrative of each work. In the DGE this is a very democratic and dynamic process and great fun with everyone pitching in ideas and is surely the essence of good ensemble playing. Not all the ideas work but the process of trial and discovery is hugely rewarding and we all left buzzing with what we achieved. Home now to practice what we’ve worked on for the concert. Roll on the next study day!