Arranging 8

There is one extremely ironic spin-off from spending time on putting an arrangement together, adding as much technical help as possible and  deliberating over layout issues such as the placement of rehearsal marks. You never need look to at the music, leaving one free to spot the under- and over-active eyes of the profoundly lost.

It is possible to spot quite quickly when someone’s hands are not where they ought to be and to call out a rehearsal number, allowing them to return to the fold. I would like to think that such a situation might inspire confidence in pupils – that at least someone in the room knows how it goes – and that, if I can do it, then they too could do it.