Every summer Westminster Abbey hosts a series of brass band concerts in the College Garden, called ‘Brass on the Grass’. This year Kevin was invited back to play with Friary Guildford Band for their concert today so I tagged along to listen and take some photos.
The performances are pretty informal, with the audience sitting wherever they want, eating their lunches. This makes photography easier as I can move around freely, although I took care to try and avoid standing in front of people who were actively watching the band.
Using a long lens I was able to reach in and photograph all the soloists, and sections of the band too. I always try to capture a mix of action shots, timing my pictures to capture expressive gestures by their conductor, Chris King. Fortunately, being a conductor myself (albeit in a different genre of music) I have some insights as to what’s going to happen when and this is enormously helpful.
I also took some time this afternoon to capture some candid shots of the band members while they weren’t playing. This is a fairly hit and miss affair with large groups of people as someone is inevitably pulling a face in many of the pictures.
Of course, one of the other delights at these concerts is doing some people watching. The looks of concentration on the audience’s faces is fascinating to watch and I found some interesting characters in the crowd!
22 August 2018