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“Top Brass” Concert: 18th September, 2016


This Concert included the three items presented for adjudication at the State Brass Band Championships on Saturday 20 August, in which CNL Brass came third.

The Concert opened with the State Test El Camino Real, an authentic Spanish music composition with a flourishing opening, a middle section of quiet harmony and a very lively ending. It attracted sustained applause from the audience. National Emblem contrasted as a brass band march. The Cossack Patrol added a Russian flavour, while the Hymn The Day Thou Gavest, adjudicated at the State Contest, and still with enduring popularity after 140 years, created a contemplative, but enjoyable mood. The sounds of London, in the Three Movements of Philip Sparke’s Portrait of a City (State Own Choice) were well-accepted. The Robbie Williams biggest selling single Angels changed the tempo. The first half wrapped up with three number 1 hits for Neil Diamond in the medley Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue and Holly Holy.

The second half commenced with the slow march Men of Harlech, written as a tribute to the Welshmen who defended Harlech Castle in Wales in the fifteenth century. Clarence Leung, solo cornet, then led the band with the romantic Serenade. Next was Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Duke Ellington, the jazz classic Sir Duke. The audience joined in with “lots of clapping” to the popular march Blaze Away. I Write the Songs, a number one hit for Barry Manilow followed. Jim Webb’s composition MacArthur Park proved popular. The Concert concluded with two very lively number one hits for The Village People, In the Navy and Go West.

A very responsive audience of about one hundred were entertained with a total of sixteen numbers.

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