Sunday, 24 February 2013 23:35

Charity Concerts

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During August the band took part in 2 charity concerts to raise funds for the Samantha Ash Fund. This charity is raising money for Samantha Ash, young lady from Douglas who has been blind since birth. The Samantha Ash Fund is raising money to cover some of the cost of education at a specialist facility in the UK.

The first concert was organised in conjunction with the Royal Artillery Association, an organisation that Samantha’s family has links with, and held in St Georges Church in Douglas. The concert started with the procession of the RA standard through the church accompanied by the band playing the Royal Artillery Slow March, which was followed by another RA march, Voice of the Guns.

Throughout the summer the band have been delighted to welcome back Jason Evans who is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During the evening he played 2 pieces, the first Napoli, and in the second half a wonderful rendition of Share My Yoke accompanied by sister Natalie on the piano. Also playing a solo was Pat Collins, our principal euphonium who played O Sole Mio.

To give the band a rest Samantha did 2 spots in the concert singing pieces as diverse as Mozart’s Alleluia and You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel.

Also on show was the Royal Artillery Gold Medal awarded by the national association to the bands resident compere and principal trombone player Willie Kneale for all the work he does for the association. This is only the third time the medal has been awarded.

The second concert was performed to a full house at the Civic Centre in Castletown and featured all the bands soloists as well as Samantha. After starting with the march Wellington and the lovely piece Alpine Lullaby, the first of our soloists took to the stage, Brian Osborn who played Mozarts Alleluia (a link to the previous concert). Samantha then performed a couple of pieces followed by Pat (O Sole Mio) and Jason (Napoli). The final soloist of the night was Arthur Christian, our flugel player who performed the lovely Dimitri. To round the evening off the band played Amarillo.

Over £1800 was raised over the 2 nights, £1409 by the RA Association at St Georges and £460 by the band at the Civic Centre.

Thanks to all who came along and enjoyed to wonderful nights of music making.

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