On Thursday 29th September approximately 30 brass players from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School had the opportunity to work with and perform alongside the world renowned euphonium player Steve Mead. The event was organised through the EA Music Service and co-ordinated by the Regional Manager of the Music Service, Mr Simon O’Hare in conjunction with FLive.
Mr Stephen Magee, EA Brass tutor had taken a number of rehearsals at the end of last term, working with brass players in both legacy schools, Collegiate Grammar and Portora Royal School. In the first weeks of this academic year the newly formed Enniskillen Royal Brass Band rehearsed together along with Mr Magee in preparation of the event.
During the workshop a brass band with approximately 75 players made up of post-primary pupils from across Enniskillen rehearsed under the baton of Steve Mead. Breathing exercises, note-production and exercises in articulation were all part of the warm ups before the pupils put the finishing touches to 4 pieces which had been prepared at ERGS Brass Band.
Following a most enjoyable day, the pupils performed at a well-attended concert at the Ardhowen Theatre. The concert was lively and enjoyable with a great range of musical styles presented including vocal soloists, solos and duets by Steve Mead and his wife, Misa, the Western Virtuosi Brass Ensemble under the baton of James McCafferty and of course the Fermanagh Schools Brass Band featuring Enniskillen Royal Grammar School pupils. Overall it was a great experience for the pupils who had the opportunity to build on their previous experiences and gain some insight to working with a professional performer.