The Cobham Band in concert with Ian Porthouse and his IP Brass

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    matthewruel New Member

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Cobham Band and its Musical Director, David Ruel in concert with Ian Porthouse and his IP Brass presented ‘A Memorial Concert’ in memory of Ruth Smith, former member and late wife of Joe Smith of The Cobham Band on Saturday 22nd November 2008 at St. John’s Church in West Byfleet, Surrey. [/FONT]
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    Ruth, a loyal member of The Cobham Band for over 50 years, sadly passed away on the 18th October 2007 in Woking Hospice which was opened in December 1996 to provide palliative care and support for patients and their families living in central Surrey. Services are free and all proceeds from the concert will be donated to Woking Hospice to help support its valued work in the community. The Band was pleased to have in attendance the Chief Executive Officer of Woking Hospice, Chris Flemington, who will receive a
    cheque for in excess of £800 (the final figure as yet is unknown).[/FONT]
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    The first of the joint concert items was ‘The Shepherds Song’, one of Ruth’s favourites, played so beautifully in her memory by Ian Porthouse. This was followed by ‘Hine é Hine’, introduced to the Band by Ruth, as she had enjoyed playing it at one of the International Brass Band Summer Schools in Swansea, where Ian is one of the Tutors.
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]IP Brass highlights from the concert included the Trumpet Solo, ‘Tico Tico’, played by Dewi Griffiths and a Bass Trombone Solo, ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’, by Mark Winstone, as well ofcourse as Ian's rendering of C'est si Bon. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The concert drew to a close with David conducting the massed band in ‘Light Cavalry’ Overture, handing over the “baton” to Ian to conduct the final item of the evening, the March ‘Wellington’, followed by the audience upstanding for ‘The Queen’.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Cobham Band is ever grateful to the support which it receives from Elmbridge Borough Council and the R C Sherriff Trust, from which the Band has received a further grant of £2,000 towards the purchase of new instruments and to Ian Porthouse and IP Brass who helped make the evening a memorable one and most importantly to the Band’s loyal and dedicated supporters.[/FONT]

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