Sensational! - third part of the X³-MAS Concert Series
Right on time at 5 pm, the keyboard, bass, guitars and drums entered the stage to create an exciting atmosphere. With the whirl on the cymbal and the slipping of the plectrum on the guitar string it almost reminded of a thriller ... Thriller we had at the summer concert, now the Christmas concert was supposed to start. The almost 70 musicians entered the stage and played as the first title "Jesus Christ Superstar". A fiery song underlined with fanfares. Before the audience was greeted, Martin could not contain himself and shared his knowledge of the composer Andrew Lloyd Weber. The welcome was then taken over by the first chairman of Woody's Sound, Gerd Trautvetter, and told of the successful year and presented the Transplant Kids club, which we support with the proceeds of the concert. Deputy Chairwoman Sarah Jakob then reported on the great actions being taken with the children.
After that it should be Christmas. The title was followed by "In the blake mid-winter" and the "XMAS Medley". Of course, at this time Santa Claus and his angel came over and enjoyed the children in the hall.
The title "Xerxis Largo" by Händel was a classic piece in the series. Martin chatted about it and reported what work it was that this title now sounds like it does. After the first attempt, he wanted to make it disappear again. But the work was worth it. The first, somewhat "newer" title was "Wind Of Change" by the Scorpions. But actually it must already belong to the older titles, since the small flutes in the rehearsals did not know the world famous whistle tune ... The audience went with it and Martin told how he was able to experience the moment of change, since he already was in Germany at the time.
With the next two titles, "Einsamer Hirte" and "Merry Christmas Everybody", it was clear that the orchestra wanted to "get started" and the mood of the second half was announced.
First there was the break and a great raffle with crazy prizes. With, for example, Musical tickets for Kinky Boots.
After the break, the opening was as exciting as it was at the beginning. Then we went to new terrain with the title "Cheri Cheri Lady" by Modern Talking. This title was a wish of the trumpets and it was only played because the difficult solo was also conscientiously practiced.
The guests got again thinking tasks. Who composed the song? What is it's name? With "Cheri Cheri Lady" Martin got so many answers, the whole chocolate men he could not have thrown.
This was followed by the use of drummer Flo, who manages to make a hi-hat "to sing". The orchestra played "Stairway to heaven" by Led Zeppelin with a super solo by Flo and a crazy solo by Dieter on the electric guitar.
After this groovy title everyone had to come down with the quieter song "I Just Called", because the next solos were coming soon.
This time it was Max on the french horn and Christian on the piano's turn. The first 20 bars of "Feeling Good" they tuned the orchestra and the audience. Then the whole orchestra started and the "Big Band Sound" came through. Martin chatted that he had actually written the title for himself. However he also likes to inspire his students for new instruments. Actually Max plays the trumpet as the first instrument and has now learned to play on the french horn. Although everyone knew the title, no one in the audience knew the original composer "Nina Simone". Martin let the chocolate Santa fall on the floor disappointed ... but he was right back after everyone recognized the next song after only two played bars: "New York New York".
Slowly one wondered in the audience: When does Martin take the instrument himself? The moment had come with the next title. He serenaded the quiet title "This Guy's in Love With You."
At the end, it was thrilling again with two titles from the 80s! They played "When The Rain Begins To Fall" and "It's Raining Men".
With a quiet title we wanted to dismiss the audience in the third Advent. It was the appearance of the three gentlemen Fabian, Marvin and Paul. They were at the front of the stage playing the beginning of "Amazing Grace" on their clarinets.
Anyone who knows Woody's Sound, knows that the end was not quite there. Through the applause and standing ovations from the audience, we let ourselves be carried away by three encores. At the beginning Toccata came and Martin spoke again enthusiastically about the composition of this classic piece by Bach and here and there in the registers alludes to a few bars.
With "Freiheit" came again a beautiful solo from Martin and most would have liked to put the instrument away in the orchestra and listened to it!
The final end was then with "Mony Mony" and the last breath of the musicians was fired..
It was an impressive annual highlight and we would like to thank all spectators and supporters. Next year it continues. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
P.S. The first photos have already reached us from Peter Mahnke. Many Thanks!
Pattensen heralds Advent time - second part of the X³-MAS Concert Series
Last night Woody's Sound was a guest in the St. Gertrud church for the Christmas concert of the Luhetal Choir, organized by the director Jutta Heger. The evening was as colorful and varied as the age range of the artists and listeners. The concert took place for the 13th time and Woody's Sound was there for the third time.
There was a constant change between songs from the Luhetal Choir, flute pieces of the ensemble of "Lisa Wulfes-Lange" from the music school Lüneburg and of course pieces from Woody's Sound. After the great concert with the "Jagdhornbläser", we also wanted to inspire with some songs this evening. Again, "Jesus Christ Superstar" made the beginning and paved the way for the following "Einsamer Hirte" with his "Fanfare". Imposing and calm, versatility should be shown.
The second part of Woody's Sound was more "pop" with the ballad "Wind Of Change" by the Scorpions. The song is beautifully quietly ushered in by the flutes and ended later. After the "Pop" the "Classic" followed with "Ode to Joy" and the trumpets showed their best.
Toward the end of the concert we had a third turn. With "Xerxis, Largo", also a classic piece, we started very quiet. It was followed by the number "Freiheit". A very nice piece with solis by Martin Woodford on flugelhorn and Christian Stenz on piano. It's a goosebump moment when Martin moves through the church while playing. The conclusion was "An American Trilogy" in which the tensions of the orchestra were very nicely maxed out.
It was a nice round evening and we are looking forward to next saturday.
Magic in the church - first part of the X³-MAS Concert Series
The church was occupied to the last seat. However, this did not prevent some visitors from attending the concert while standing. During the evening a magic unfolded in the church. There were goosebumps moments and here and there tears to behold. The songs took on a "personal life" and unfolded in the great acoustics.
The "Jagdhornbläser" were a picture of unity when the instrument was set synchronously at the beginning of each piece. Impressive hunting horn sounds filled the church and the audience could picture the "hunt" in their heads. A big thank you again to the "Jagdhornbläser", especially Günther Härtel, for the great organization of the concert .
A special feature was the title "Freiheit". Christian Stenz on the piano and Martin Woodford on the flugelhorn shone as soloists here. Martin moved through the ranks while playing, so everyone could experience the beautiful sound very closely.
The setlist of the pieces left no wish unfulfilled, as evidenced by the standing applause and the trampling feet of the guests. There were then added additional encore and the first title (Jesus Christ Superstar) played again.
Thank you to Peter Mahnke for the beautiful pictures! 73 pictures... it was hard to sort them out...
The evening has heralded the advent season beautifully. We are looking forward to the next year!
Woody's Sound presents: X³-MAS Concert Series
The trip to England is behind us and the preparations to end the year with a musical spectacle are on the run. On 17.11. Woody's Sound starts to a weekend workshop to give the songs the finishing touches. After that:
- Designing and distributing posters - nobody should miss how, when, where something happens
- Hanging up the banners - it must be considered where ...
- Removing fingerprints from the instruments - it should shine and sparkle
- Preparing music sheets - and hope that there are no spontaneous changes
- Polishing shoes - when we play "up there" everyone sees the shoes!
- Ironing shirts - or you cheat and pull a jacket over it ...
- Men answer the important question: fly or tie?
- Women ask themselves the question: What do I wear?
- and until the concert day: PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE
This year, there is not "just" the Christmas concert. There is a whole X³MAS concert series. The beginning is the concert on 02.12. in the St. Marien church in Winsen with the "Jagdhornbläser". This year, after the success of last year, it starts for the second time and we are looking forward to the acoustics. On 08.12. we play for the first time in the church in Pattensen with the "Luhetal Choir". We are very curious! Both concerts have free admission.
On 16.12. is the day! The grand finale is the Christmas concert in the town hall in Winsen. Theme: 20 years of music school. From old to new we will play twenty titles for you. In between, of course, a few Christmas titles make an appearance. Tickets are available in advance in the following places:
- Stelle: Press Lünsmann and ABC bookstore
- Winsen/Luhe: Bookstore Decius and tourist information
- and of course at the school of music
While writing this text, I made my decision of what to wear (and I still have to iron it). Let's see how it looks with my teammates.
We look forward to seeing you at these three amazing concerts!
Woody's Sound on Tour in England
It is Thursday the 05.10. and it is quiet on the bus, quieter than on the way out. I look at the clock: 07:25 PM
We are on the way home, exhausted and tired, but very satisfied. Behind us lays a great week in England with many impressions. It was a nice mix of sightseeing, culture, music and community.
The beginning of the trip already offered a small highlight with the ferry crossing. At about 4:00 PM we arrived at the hotel and still had the possibility to do some errands in the city. Afterwards was time to rest, because the first full day in England with three appearances should be mastered.
In the morning, we were allowed to great the visitors of the service at the curch with music and some of them stayed longer and listened to us. Afterwards we went to a Sunday school to bring the first children the musical instruments closer. Martin explained in an exciting way, with a portion of English humor, the differences of the individual instruments, and the pupils were always able to try and get a sound out. After the "school hour" the insane view at the church was enjoyed before it went back to the hotel.
The next day was full of sightseeing. We visited an active coal mine. A small obstacle was to leave all the clocks, cameras, batteries and SMARTPHONES. We were offline for an hour ... The miners described the circumstances at that time so impressively that one got goose bumps. Then it was time to warm up in the cafeteria and a small bus tour through the countryside of Wales. As in the past years our bus driver Klaus accompanies us these days about 3000km. He provides us with sausages, masters driving on the left side and jokes a lot.
The third day had the motto "Fighting day". Four performances had to be made on time. Everything has to work smoothly. On this day the group of musicians came together. The big ones helped the little ones and the young helped the old. It was built and dismantled in record time. In between, bright children's eyes shone when they got a sound from an instrument. In the end it was time to party when the students almost drowned us with their singing to "Dynamite" ... above all the headmaster himself. It also surprised us to hear that the children still speak about us months after our visit. That pleases the musicians heart. Also it was nice to see and hear where Martin grew up and what connects him with the individual places and schools. Thus his former music teacher visited the evening concert in the church, which had a very beautiful sound.
On the last day we visited the open-air museum "Black Country", which is devoted to the period of industrialization and coalmines.
In the meantime, the bus has calmed down. One part is sleeping, others are watching a movie and some people are thinking. We'll be back in two years.