Earlier in the year I had the opportunity to sit in on two rehearsals, enabling me to work on an oil sketch at each over a longer period.
The first was during the Rehearsal Orchestra weekend course working on Strauss’ Symphonic poem Don Quixote.
I had made a number of drawings of the orchestra at both the Edinburgh 2011 course and the Autumn Wagner course, but this was the first time for a while when I worked oil on canvas during a rehearsal.
In January I painted this small painting of the London Phoenix Orchestra during a pre-concert rehearsal at the beautiful St John’s, Smith Square.
This was the first time I had worked with the orchestra in their concert venue, and I placed myself far back from the stage so the painting is about the group of players within the majesty of the setting, rather than concentrating on a small number of players as I usually would.