Not some fancy way of saying to bring your own drink on a party invitation, but this is the Berkshire Youth Guitar Orchestra, whose genial conductor, Steve Christmas, invited me to their Wigmore Hall recital in London today.
I normally avoid London whenever possible but thought it was only polite to turn up – besides, I was curious as NYGE (the National Youth Guitar Ensemble, which I conduct) has had a few good players who were also in this group.
The Wigmore stage was packed – 28 guitarists! The main hall wasn’t too bad either. It was great to see such support for this group.
The playing and conducting were good, with real commitment and a sense of purpose.