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Double Bass Days

In July 2001 we held our first double bass day in West Glamorgan. Over 20 double bassists attended, ages ranging between 10 and 18. There were group workshops and a masterclass conducted by Julian Walters of the CBSO and a former member of West Glamorgan Youth Orchestra. Due to the nature of the instrument this was actually the first time some of the younger players had even met other bassists and has really encouraged them to join orchestras and ensembles.

We held our second double bass day in July 2003 and this time we had an amazing 42 double bassists attend. Again we were very lucky to have Julian Walters with us for the day. To start the day we all played a piece together - what a sight to see! This was followed by a masterclass which several of the bassists took part in. In the afternoon there were group sessions and we ended the day with an informal concert for parents.

We had 10 "baby basses" with their 1/4 size basses participate.

Julian guides Chris through some Koussevitzky.

Three of our younger bassists in the masterclass.

The senior quartet performing in the concert.

Everyone listening to Julian during the rehearsal of the mass basses.

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