Full of frets in North Shropshire
You make an interesting point. We were talking about what it's like to play with a big group this afternoon. Although I play tenor in a big 50 piece wind band, I mostly play cello in groups of various sizes (chamber orchestras mostly of around 30 players).Well done Kev. Its a big step, specially in a totally structured set up where you cannot employ tricks of extrication or even pretend that you "meant to do that."
On a course at Benslow Music, my downfall was counting bars, always got lost somewhere and had to wing it a bit, often crashing.
So congrats to you, I envy you the big sound of all the musicians. I am not sure anymore that it is a thing I will ever experience.
There is a definite thrill when it comes together and you get 'the big sound' of a large ensemble.