Following some really busy weeks and weekends travelling the country it was great this week to have a visitor to our Music Store in Newport from our old friend Chad Smith.
We gave Chad the grand tour which included Austin's Brass Instrument Repair, Fly's Percussion Hire Department, Mike's Musical Instrument Sales section and Chad was really impressed with our recently expanded Brass section, he likes nothing better than a blow on the Trumpet when he's not playing the Drums. He spent some time talking to Simon Brittlebank who seems to be always on tour with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with our Orchestral Stage Management Services and finally Chad had the pleasure of visiting the inner sanctum of Ev-entz which is Adrian's office. As you can see from the photo below he seemed to like this place the best and this was the only place where he could sit down, relax and have a cup of coffee.
Chad had fun playing with some of our new stock and so we thought we would share with you some of his favourites.
Peal Masters Premium Shellpack
Yamaha YTR4335GCN Trumpet
Pearl PBC507 - Primero Box Cajon
Sabian XS20 20" Clash Cymbals
So these were Chad's favourites following his recent visit. Click on any of the above images to get more information on that particular item.
Why not spend some of the Easter holidays having a look around our great website
For now, from everyone at Ev-entz and Chad:
The Summer Season is always a busy time, and as a business we always enjoy being part of special occasions and performances. We are never left disappointed by a Proms occasion.
Last week we were pleased to provide percussion to the fantastic Cory Band who were joined by the Morriston Orpheus Choir with guest soloist David Childs, Euphonium. Once again they amazed the audience at St David’s Hall as part of the Welsh Proms series. Cory Band and David are no strangers to the Welsh Proms and have been featured several times with some of the countries leading orchestras, but it is well deserved and great to see them being the featured artists and having their own Prom this year. They attracted a large audience and Cory provided something fresh to the Proms and hopefully they will become regulars to this successful series. David performs with the band throughout the year as Principal Euphonium and is always featured as a soloist during their concerts, but on this occasion he was featured as a guest soloist and provided some breathtaking playing being accompanied by the band that he knows so well. Cory’s other guests for the night were in fine voice and it was great to see Morriston Orpheus sharing the stage with Cory and they also delighted the crowd with their contribution.
After Wednesday night’s performance we provided support and equipment on Thursday for a rehearsal by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Concert Orchestra in readiness for the massive performance of Symphony No. 1 in D minor, ‘The Gothic’ which took place last night, Sunday 17th July at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Simon Brittlebank who we are pleased to welcome back to our team, worked for Ev-entz at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday, and it was great for us provide our service to such an amazing event. For those of you unfamiliar with this work it earned an entry in the Gunniess Book of World Records under ‘ Longest Symphony’ and is features 2 orchestras and a raft of choirs. I think Simon counted no fewer than 18 performers in the Percussion Section alone! The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Concert Orchestra were joined on stage by the following artists:
Susan Gritton soprano
Christine Rice mezzo-soprano
Peter Auty tenor
Alastair Miles bass
David Goode organ
CBSO Youth Chorus
Eltham College Boys’ Choir
Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs
BBC National Chorus of Wales
Brighton Festival Chorus
Huddersfield Choral Society
London Symphony Chorus
Martyn Brabbins conductor
We are surprised that the roof on the Albert Hall is still in place but Simon assures me that the venue is still is one piece.
This performance concluded an amazing week for Ev-entz at the Proms and it great to see that the concerts in Wales and London were supported so well and that the Proms series continues to hold pride of place with artists and audiences alike. Ev-entz look forward to providing services to the continued success of the Welsh Proms and BBC Proms in the future.