Friday, 22 February 2013 22:22

Peel Pensioners Concert

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This years concert at the Peel Pensioners Club on Wednesday was a concert of firsts - the first of 2013, the first solo for James Quine, and the first concert with Ian Astill as our new Musical Director.

The concert, in front of the as always appreciative audience, started in a traditional way with the popular march Punchinello followed by the overture Victoria Cross, a piece of music the band haven't played for a long time. From traditional to topical, Ian chose to follow this with I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables. Then came the first solo of the evening with James playing his first stand-up solo, Solitaire. Although nervous, he put those nerves to good effect in helping to put in a good performance.

As usual, band compere Willie Kneale interspersed the music with his own brand of 'true' stories  which went down well with the audience.

The second solo of the evening was Concerto De Aranjuez which was made famous in the film Brassed Off, and this time played by Arthur Christian, our Flugel player. Another well played solo.

The concert ended with 2 pieces, American Trilogy, a favourite of the band, and the march The New Colonial.

Commenting afterwards, Ian said, "it was nice to hear what we’d worked on in the band room being taken into the performance".

All in all a good start to the year in front of what must be one of the best and most appreciative audiences on the island,  and a good start under Ian's directorship.

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