MORE than people attended Todmorden Community Brass Band’s 11th Anniversary concert which was was enjoyed by all.
The senior band kicked off the evening with The English Folk Song Suite, comprising three different movements, each contrasting the last, and which the band played with skill and enthusiasm.
A Barry Manilow number One Voice, showcased the euphonium which was played beautifully by Denis Prout. The band then took their audience back to the 1950s with The Third Man – which kept the audience humming up to the interval.
The Training Band took to the stage and played a number of pieces including Paddington Bear, The Jungle Book’s Bear Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You and they finished with Wallace and Gromit – an all time favourite with the Training Band. Although some of the members have been playing for less than a year, they showed skill and dedication.
The audience were provided with a first class cake selection at the interval – home baked by band members and friends and families and almost as famous as our anniversary concerts themselves!
The five note band (so called as you just have to be able to play five notes to be in it), played timeless classics such as Pease Pudding and Lightly Row – and although this was the first time that many of its members had ever performed publicly these simple pieces were mastered and they provided an inspiration to anyone wanting to pick up an instrument and learn.
The senior band once again provided the finale to the concert. A superbly performed solo cornet La Belle Americaine was played by Matthew Murray, an incredibly talented cornet player who started playing with TCB in the five note band.
The audience were then whisked away with a medley of songs from Mary Poppins before the band closed with an Old Irish Blessing, specifically arranged for TCB.
Todmorden Community Brass are now looking forward to their next event which will be a joint venture with Todmorden Choral Society – The Jubilee Concerton June 3 at Todmorden Town Hall.
For more information visit web site www.todmordencommunitybrass.co.uk.