Sunday, 24 February 2013 22:12

Peel Pensioners Club

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The band performed a number of new pieces which are likely to become firm favourites over the year, starting the concert with a rousing opener, Spirit of Pageantry. This was followed by a flugel solo, Dimitri, played by Arthur Christian, who didn’t have far to travel as he lives in Peel! The band then went on to play Manx Rhapsody by Haydyn Wood. This has a particular resonance with the band as the brass band arrangement was done by the bands former musical director, Major ‘Tommy’ Thirtle.

Another new piece this year is Alpine Lullaby, another piece which features the flugel horn. After this the audience were invited to join in and sing-a-long to the songs in the Wright Selection (1) which included On the Sunny Side of the Street and Auf Wiedersehen My Dear. Excellant singing.

The band continued with the lovely quiet piece Spring by Grieg followed up by a march by Roy Newsome, Pateley Bridge, which was published to celebrate the centenary of the Pately Bridge Show 1895-1995 and incorporates ‘The Farmers Boy’ and other tunes from that area. This was followed by movements 1 and 2 from the baroque style music, Capriol Suite, a total contrast in styles from the previous march. The concert was then finished of with Super Trooper by Abba and then Ellan Vannin and the Manx National Anthem.

A concert the audience seemed to enjoy by the applause at the end.

Report by Brian Osborn 12/02/2011

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