Gresley Colliery Band Concert Report Saturday 14th October Burton On Trent Town Hall

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  1. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    A Concert with a difference was given by GRESLEY COLLIERY BAND&GRESLEY COLLIERY YOUTH BAND on Saturday evening 14th October at Burton-On-Trent Town Hall to a full sell out audience with the thyme been Film Music and also saw the bands New CD "Heritage" launched as well.
    The Gresley Colliery got the concert underway with there recentley appointed New Conductor:Richard Grantham with the well known "Men Of Harlech"(Zulu Film) following up with a zappy little number Cartoon Classics.
    "Be My Love " was the first solo of the evening which was so well played by Solo Euphonium player Karl Eames showing all his skills&passion in this difficult but such nice arrangement by Ray Farr.
    The band then played a track from there CD "Chicken Run", "For The Love Of a Princess" from the film Braveheart followed this before the band turned to the "Brassed Off Selection":This saw the turn of the bands 2nd soloist Solo Trombone Player Chris Smith who played "Londonderry Air"(Danny Boy) arranged by Bill Gelard which was equally well played, the march "Death Or Glory" was given a fine rendition to follow to finish off the Brassed Off selection the bands Flugel Horn player Gary Horsley played "Concerto De Aranjueiz" this was just as well played as the previous solioists as well.
    To Finish the first half Gresley Colliery played the popular "A Disney Fantasy" by Goff Richards.
    The second half saw the Gresley Colliery Youth band take the stage with conductor Fay Bayliss who showed they are a match for their senior band;they got proceedings off with "Mood Indigo" and saw a solo feature by Daniel Baker (Principal Cornet) &Dale Hopkins (Solo Horn) this was then followed by "The Lion King then from the film "Oliver " Food Glourious Food,"Flintstones and Grand Day Out quickly followed before the final number "Beyond The Sea".
    The Gresley Colliery Band returned to the stage to continue the second half,with "Born Free" arr by Alan Catherall ,another track from the bands CD "I will Follow Him" featuring trombone section of Chris Smith , Adrian Taylor(Guest)& Fay Bayliss.
    It was then 3 classic Box Office Film Sound Tracks by John Williams the first been "Jurassic Park".
    The second of the John Williams selection the band dedicated it to 4 non playing members who have died this year"Hymn To The Fallen"(Saving Private Ryan) these 4 non playing members were Band Chairman Ron Clay, Jim Perks (Father of Solo Baritone Player Ian Perks),Tim Kirkby (Father of the bands 3rd Cornet Player Matthew Kirkby, his elder brother who as just gone to university Richard and elder sister Helen who used to play with band and is at university),and Keith Box(A friend of the bands old Conductor David Hutchinson) this piece was played with such feeling and created a real sensitive atmosphere throughout.
    These 4 people are very muched missed by all band members.
    To finish the fine evenings entertainment of film music Gresley Colliery played the Big Box Office Hit from 1984 staring Harrision Ford"Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom".
    The band showed there was plenty on offer during the concert with a wide range of music played.
    The playing was no nonsense stuff shown by the band during the whole of the evening, since Richard Grantham as taken over the baton at Gresley Colliery Band.
    Thanking You
    Ian Perks
    Gresley Colliery Band
    Publicity Officer
     
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  3. tam-tam2

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    I heard about this concert in the pub on Thursday night. Hope Fran caught the right train.....she's doing a fab job for Lympstone on flugel!! Hope the concert was a success!!:)
     

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