Featuring The Leyland Band Conductor Thomas Wyss and an All Star Guest Band Conductor Alan Morrison
Saturday 28 September 2013
Victoria Hall, Bolton
The first part of the concert was given by the Leyland Band who appropriately commenced with Festmusik Der Stadt Wien followed by a spirited performance of Glinka's overture to the opera Ruslan and Ludmilla.
Two of the band's soloists were featured: firstly John Doyle who gave a scintilating performance of Paul Duffy's arrangement for soprano cornet of O When the Saints. Commencing at the rear of the auditorium he came down the centre aisle and arrived on the stage in time to acknowledge the well deserved applause from an appreciative audience. Romana Halstead stepped forward to produce a nicely phrased account of Rodney Newton's charming flugel solo, Dmitri.
I vow to thee my country (Holst), Gordon Langford's arrangement of Coronation Stone, the theme tune that introduced the Paul Temple detective series of radio programmes which ran from the 1930s through to 1960 and the theme music from the American TV detective series Cannon which ran from 1971 to 1976 with both being well received.
Leyland Band brought their enjoyable and well played programme to a close with a delightful performance of the second movement of Eric Ball's arrangement of Leon Boellmann's Suite Gothique.
The second part of the concert was presented by the All Star Guest Band, dressed in their respective band uniforms and who all gave their services free. Conducted by Alan Morrison they opened their programme with a thrilling performance of Denis Wright's arrangment of Wagner's Introduction to Act 3 Lohengrin.
A former principal cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and currently a member of the Hammonds Saltaire Band, Jamie Smith, led the All Star Band with distinction. He delivered a warm and expressive performance of My Love is Like a Red Red Rose which was dedicated to Mrs Muriel Newsome.
In 2008 at the age of 12, Peter Moore became the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician Competition. Since then his career has blossomed and he recently completed a third tour of Australia and New Zealand. For this concert his choice was Arthur Pryor's Fantastic Polka. Pryor, a tromboinist in Sousa's band, wrote the solo for himself so difficult that only he could perform it at that time. However, Peter Moore produced a wonderful musical performance that made light of the difficulties and sparkled throughout.
It was a pleasure to hear Endearing Young Charms perfomed by David Childs, arguably the finest player currently playing the euphonium. His remarkable technical skill and musicianship is of the highest quality. So too is the glorious sound he produces that makes every note a joy. This is a stunning performance that received prolonged applause.
Interspersed between the three soloists was the popular All in the April Evening and the well known Radetsky March.
The band's final solo item was Gilbert Vinter's Triumphant Rhapsody which was composed for the 1965 National Championships held at the Royal Albert Hall, London (which was won by the Fairey Band conducted by Leonard Lamb). The work is built on major and minor seconds and was to be titled A Matter of Seconds, but was subsequently changed to its present title. Alan Morrison directed a performance that had a refreshing atmosphere.
Following a few words of thanks from Neil Newsome, the two bands massed for the final two items. Firstly a beautiful and moving performance of Roy Newsome's splendid arrangement of the hymn tune Deep Harmony followed by a persuasive performance of Denis Wright's arrangement of the Overture 1812 that brought the concert to a rousing conclusion.
This was a most enjoyable concert given by two combinations each producing quality performances. The evening was enhanced by the very efficient compare Malcolm Brownbill. The only disappointment being the rather small audience.