Sunday, 24 February 2013 23:30

Flower Festival/MAD4BB

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The Abbey Church in Ballasalla resounded to the sound of brass last night as Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band performed as part of the Isle of Man churches Flower Festival. The festival takes place at churches all over the island with different floral arrangements created to show different aspects of live in the community. The concert was also the bands contribution to MAD4BB Brass Band Day, a celebration of brass bands across the British Isles, and got off to a rousing start with the march, The Howitzer. This was followed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down The Wind.

Compere for the concert was the bands 1st baritone player Simon Court who, as he had forgotten his glasses, kept the audience amused by having to borrow glasses from our euphonium player, Pat Collins. A number of his tales and stories during the evening seemed to involve drink and pubs, a strange topic for a concert in a church, including a brief history of brewing on the island. However, the audience seemed to enjoy it.

Our first solo item was Mozart’s Alleluia played by principle cornet player Brian Osborn, followed by 2 of our musical directors’ arrangements, Una Paloma Blanca, and Cuando Calienta El Sol. These were followed by Vienna Is Vienna, As Time Goes By and Those Magnificent Men before our second solo of the evening which was performed by one of our newest members, Richard Payne, who joined the band 12 months ago following a 'come and try it' concert in Castletown. For his solo he played Heyken’s Serenade on the glockenspiel.

The next couple of items featured flugel horn player Arthur Christian, in Abba’s Super Trouper and Alan Fernie’s haunting but lovely Ashokan Farewell. The penultimate piece was one which is becoming a firm favourite with audiences, Alpine Lullaby.

Although always pleased to see familiar faces at our concerts, it was nice to see some new faces in the audience who we hope may themselves become regular attendees in the future.

We rounded the concert off with an encore, Whitney Houstons One Moment In Time.


Report by Brian Osborn 11/07/2011

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