Saints delight Mayor at Charity Concert

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by grahammck, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. grahammck

    grahammck Member

    On the evening of 28th September, the band held its 3rd annual Mayor's Charity Concert at Wokingham Theatre. The Mayor's chosen charity this year is The Me 2 Club which aims to provide one to one support for children with special needs in the Wokingham area. The concert raised approximately £1,000 from a full house.

    The first half of the programme included a French element: Shepherds Song (Canteloube arr Richards), The Swan (Saint Saens arr.Stephens) and March from Le Prophet (Meyerbeer arr. Reynolds) to welcome guests from Wokingham's twin town of Viry Chatillon. The second half of the programme started with Valero and included the March "Praise" (Heaton) and concluded with extracts from Rimmer's arrangement of Dvorak's The New World Symphony.

    The concert provided the opportunity to formally introduce new members of the band and new appointments, namely:
    James Kelloway as Bandmaster who will deputise for regular M.D. Andrew Porter while he is busy with his army bandmaster training course at Kneller Hall.
    Derek Hawkins, Stewart Lewins and Llewellyn Wells, all new members of the cornet section.

    During the concert the Mayor presented the band's annual awards and this year the winners were:
    Kathryn Rooke-Matthews (10 years service)
    Dave Meekings (10 years service)
    Damon Emes (10 years service)
    Damon Emes (Bandsman of the year)
    James Kelloway (Musician of the Year)

    After the concert the Mayor, Councillor Brian Willis expressed his delight at the quality of the musical entertainment and the success of the evening.

    Damon Emes, Chairman of the band said that he was really encouraged by the positive comments from many members of the audience who noticed how the band had progressed over the year to be able to perform a such challenging programme with great confidence and musical precision.
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