Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:03

Peel Pensioners 2012

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In the first concert of 2012, on Wednesday 22nd February, the band had its annual pilgrimage to the Peel Pensioners Club and took the members on a trip around the British Isles, with a little excursion over the English Channel to Paris. The programme chosen by Rodney Evans (Musical Director) had pieces from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, and, of course, the Isle of Man.

It started off with the first movement, March: Seventeen Come Sunday, from this years Fourth Section test piece, English Folk Songs by Vaughan Williams, and then crossed the Irish Sea for an arrangement of Londonderry Air by Major George Willcocks. 


The first solo of the evening also came from Northern Ireland, Alan Fernies’ Carrickfergus played by flugel horn player Arthur Christian. It was then back to England for Sussex Folk, arranged by Derek Broadbent, and then to Scotland for another piece by Alan Fernie, Ye Banks and Braes.


To give the band, and the audience, a breather amongst all this travelling, regular band compere Willie Kneale entertained in between pieces with amusing Manx tales and stories which were greatly appreciated by the audience.


It was then time to go foreign with a trip to Paris with Bouquet de Paris which includes such favourites as Ma’moiselle de Paree, Autumn Leaves, and C’est si Bon. We then went back to Ireland for Roy Newsomes lovely euphonium solo, Mountains of Mourne played by Ian Astill, followed by a return to Engalnd and the theme tune to the Dawn French comedy, Vicar of Dibley. Keeping up the travel, it was then to Sctoland for a patrol, The Wee MacGregor, coming back down to Wales for another Derek Broadbent arrangement, All Through The Night. The concert was finished off by returning to the Isle of Man for a quick rendition of Ellan Vannin.



 Report by Brian Osborn 07/03/2012

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