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Sonic Boom 2021-Notes on writing for oboe and English Horn

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Our Sonic Boom 2021 Featured Artist Beth Orson (oboe and English horn) is giving a workshop on Sunday, November 29 at 3pm via zoom. Email us at [email protected] by 9am on Sunday, November 29 for the link.

Here is a useful information sheets from Beth to assist you in writing your pieces.

General Information about the OBOE and ENGLISH HORN

 

Sonic Boom 2021: Notes on writing for organ and trombone

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Our Sonic Boom 2021 Featured Artists Angelique Po and Jeremy Berkman are giving a workshop on Sunday, November 15 at 3pm via zoom. Email us at [email protected] by 9am on Sunday, November 15 for the link.

Here are two useful information sheets from Angelique and Jeremy to assist you in writing your pieces.

Writing for the organ

COMPOSING FOR THE TROMBONE_SONICBOOM2021

Notes on writing for bass clarinet & basset horn

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July 6, 2020

Liam Hockley presented a zoom workshop on writing for bass clarinet & basset horn this past Sunday in preparation for the deadline for the call for scores for A Little Futher Series: Miniatures

The notes are available here.

(Written by Liam Hockley and distributed with his permission)

Sonic Boom Festival 2020 Postponed

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To all our patrons and members:
We at Vancouver Pro Musica have been closely following the rapidly unfolding situation with COVID-19 (Coronovirus). Above all, Vancouver Pro Musica remains committed to the safety and well-being of our members, patrons, performers, and audience.  In accordance with current BC public health advisories and those also of the World Health Organization, and out of a sense of responsibility to everyone involved with the production and attendance at our concerts, we are currently postponing our 4-day 2020 Sonic Boom Festival to a future date that remains to be set.

As the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation, we do not know when this unfortunate situation will return to normal, such that we can offer concerts that ensure your safety, well-being, and offers you and all our audience an enjoyable artistic experience. We will keep you informed of further developments.  If you have already purchased tickets to Sonic Boom 2020, Vancouver Pro Musica will offer you a refund if you feel you cannot wait for a future event, given uncertainty about when and where. If you wish to continue to support us and our work, we hope that instead of a refund, you will: (1) either retain your tickets and we will honour them at future concerts, or (2)  donate your tickets and Vancouver Pro Musica will offer you a tax receipt for the value of your tickets. This will assist Vancouver Pro Musica in a very important way – as we depend on ticket sales to operate.

We thank you for your understanding during these unprecedented times, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause. Vancouver Pro Musica will work hard towards finding new dates and/or seek ways to hold our concerts as our resources permit.

Glenn Sutherland, President
on behalf of Vancouver Pro Musica

 

 

Further Series 2020: Trinanina Trio

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If you missed the excellent workshop with the Trinanina Trio on Feb. 2, 2020, and plan to submit a piece to the Call for Scores (due: FEb. 28, 2020) for their upcoming concert (May 10, 2020), then check out the recording of the workshop at the link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2nwj4hfk5qf6wmf/Trinanina%20Trio%20Workshop%2020200202.mp3?dl=0

Sonic Boom 2020 Ensemble-in-Residence Pacific Baroque Orchestra Harpsichord and Organ Info

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Planning to write a piece to submit to the call for scores for the Sonic Boom 2019 Ensemble-in-Residence Pacific Baroque Orchestra? Here is some information on the Chamber Organ and Harpsichord:

Chamber Organ
By Hellmuth Wolff & Associées, Laval, Quebec, 2001

Bourdon                 8′       bass & treble       treble
Flûtes à cheminée 4′       bass                     bass & treble
Petit Bourdon         2′       bass                    bass & treble
Nazard                   2 2/3′ treble
Sesquialtera          2 2/3′ treble

Transposable keyboard, compass C – d’’’
Variable temperaments; pitches at a= 382 / 415 / 440 / 485 Hz

Edward Turner French Double: 

After the 1769 Taskin in the Russell Collection in Edinburgh. Beautifully resonant instrument. F=ff”’ at A=415. Keyboard shifts to
A=392 and A=440. 8′, 8′, 4′, buff rails for both 8’s. Keys are slightly wider than might
be expected.

Sonic Boom 2020 Ensemble-in-Residence Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO) workshop audio recording

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The Sonic Boom 2019 Ensemble-in-Residence, Pacific Baroque Orchestra presented a workshop at the University of British Columbia on September 21, 2019. Listen to the recording of the workshop here, featuring PBO members Alexander Weimann, Chloe Meyers and Curtis Foster.