Hebden Bridge Brass Band Heritage Concert June 15th 2013 The band performed to a large and appreciative audience, delivering a varied program which tested all sections of the band. From the first strains of Knight Templar it was obvious the band was going to deliver a great performance, and so it proved. The technical demands of The Marriage of Figaro were well met, and the band went on the give excellent renditions of Ticket to Ride, Lendalfoot and closed the first half with Laudate Dominum by Edward Gregson. In between these items, the Guest Soloist for the evening, Alan Hobbins delighted the audience with some beautifully controlled playing in Swedish Hymn and Nessun Dorma. He finished his first spot with Buglers Holiday, joined by Colleen Smail and Dom Wood. The band began the second half with Strike up the Band, The Dambusters March (as a 70th Anniversary tribute) and a world premiere performance of The Lost Allemande, by Gareth Davis. Alan Hobbins returned, this time on Soprano cornet, and began with the lovely duet Pie Jesu, with Kelly Hayes on Flugel. Alan then played a great arrangement of Vilja, penned by Andi Cook. Alan's final piece was Demelza, and by this time the audience were in no doubt they had heard a soloist of the highest quality. There was a poignant moment for the band as its Solo Euphonium, Amy Smith, was joined by Ian Plant to play Softly as I leave you. This was Amy's last concert with the band before she departs to take up a new job in Dubai. Best Wishes Amy. The band saved its best until last, as a sparkling performance of Fire in the Blood by Paul Lovatt Cooper came to an immense conclusion, which prompted a standing ovation among the audience and demands for an encore. The concert was compered in fine style by Jason Smith, and during Alan's solo items were conducted by Les Smail.