Just a small review of the Stavanger Band in Concert I thought my 1000th post better have some use... Last night I had the privalage of hearing Norway's current Champion Brass Band in Concert and It was a real experience for both Audience and members of the Beaumaris Band. With new musical director and former cornetist with the Stavager Band Morten Hansen they opened with Torstien Aagaard Nilsen's modern classic " Circius - wind of the North" exellent effects from band and percussion in this brilliant work. next up was an arrangement of a norwegian folk tune " Nu Rinner Solen Op " arranged by Svien Henrik Giske , different sounds with modern rythems and norse melodies played well by the Euphonium and cornet section. Another Aagaard Nilsen Classic in his " Norwegian Dance " great percussion and soloists...great piece. to follow we heard two movements from Philip Sparke's " Hymn of the Highlands" very expressive Euphonium playing from Sindre Skjold in " Summer Isles and the very fast and brilliant ( some nods to Harmony Music here, thank you mr sparke) " Dundonnell " with some great horn , baritone and trombone playing . the depth of solo talent in the Stavanger Band was on show last night with an arrangement of an Irish Reel by Jan Magne Forde ( a member of the norwegian group Brass Bros ) started by Tuba , percussion , the middle of the band and the brilliant soprano ( more about him soon )and cornet section really shone in this piece ( and not a pint of guiness in sight ). Next up another arrangement by Jan Magne Forde of " Cool T " Featuring the soprano cornetist " Espen Westbye" a few jokes between band , soloist and conductor and the miles davies / Wynton Marsallis effects came off really effectivly , it was amazing to hear as morten put " One of the best young trumpet players from Norway...very similer to Ole Edvard Antonsen ( tour de force ) and Harken Hardenberger...a great future for Espen.. after this how could it get any better , well we were amazed by the flugel playing of Margarette Tonennson in Ray Farr's arrangement of " Over the Rainbow , once again enhanced by subtle and magic percussion.. The Finale was nothing short of stunning...Eric Crees massive " Symphonic Dances from West Side Story "...the different moods of the Mambo , the cha cha Maria , the brilliant America , and the emotive Somewhere...this was a brilliant concert played by one of the most entertaining bands the Brass Band world has.it was a real privalage...the audience needed to hear more and the stavanger band delivered with some cultured playing the welsh air " All through the Night " Thank you Morten and the Band was a fantastic night.