Isle of Wight: Bands raise over £1000 for Tsunami Appeal

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  1. davidpugh

    davidpugh New Member

    PRESS RELEASE: Monday 17th January 2005
    Bands raise over £1000 for Tsunami Appeal
    Town and school brass bands come together

    from Shanklin Town Brass Band (Isle of Wight)


    A double helping of brass from town and school musicians on the Isle of Wight brought in £1007.82, playing to a packed audience on Friday night (14th January).

    Brass bands from Lake Middle School and Shanklin Town came together in a joint concert in aid of the Tsunami Earthquake Appeal, at the United Reformed Church in Shanklin.

    Members of the school band - aged 9-13 - played during the first half, conducted by Musical Director Malcolm Lewis. This included a rendition on the flugel horn of Andrew Lloyd Webber's I Don't Know How To Love Him, from Jesus Christ Superstar, by 13 year-old Lauren Barker.

    The school band has been going less than two years and most of its members have been playing for much less than that. It was founded by Malcolm Lewis at the suggestion of Headteacher Chris Gorski.


    Shanklin Town Brass Band took to the stage in the second half, with Malcolm Lewis wielding the baton once more. The entertaining programme included a cornet rendition of Georgia on my Mind by Principal Cornet Richard Smith, and a euphonium solo of the Irish Air Carrickfergus by 17 year-old Euphonium player Charlotte Davis.

    The evening then turned to focus on the purpose of the concert: to remember the victims of the tsunami disaster and to raise funds for the relief efforts. The band gave a moving performance of a traditional Maori melody, Hine e Hine. This was accompanied by a display of images showing the suffering and trauma being experienced in Asia - which ended in complete silence to remember the victims.

    David Pugh, Chairman of Shanklin Town Brass Band said: "Both the size of the audience, and the amount raised far exceeded our expectations - particularly as we pulled it together in just over a week. The people of Island have once again shown their understanding and generosity.

    "We were so pleased that pupils from Lake Middle School could join us for the evening and show off their musical talent. Given that so many of the victims of the disaster, both dead and alive, are children, it is both appropriate and admirable that these pupils responded by giving up their time for this performance."

    The two bands joined together on stage for the finale - a rousing performance of Lord of the Dance, which was repeated as an encore.