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“The World of Brass” Concert: 21st May 2017


CNL Brass entertain the audience

CNL Brass entertain the audience

This Concert provided the audience with a variety of musical styles and opened with Fanfare of the Prairie, a number written specially for the founding musical director of the Fairy Brass Band in Illinois. The March Emblem of the Army by Australian composer Arhur Gullidge (deceased) followed. The audience related well to Hello Dolly, from the stage show of the same name, while I Will Follow Him, a hit from the movie Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg, featured the Trombone Section. The brass band arrangement of If provided Alison Tonkin with the opportunity to display her talent on tenor horn. The first half included eight numbers. It concluded with The Shipbuilders Suite, consisting of four Movements, a composition by Peter Yorke. This was included as a tribute to the Newcastle ship building industry.

Let’s Face the Music and Dance, an Irving Berlin number from the 1936 movie Follow the Fleet, was a bright opening to the second half. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Changes Everything from the stage musical Aspects of Love was the highlight of this half, particularly as it followed as a contrast to the well known and moving The Irish Blessing. Rivers of Babylon saw the audience come to life with a little “body bouncing” to the rhythm of the arrangement. The eighth and final number of this half brought back memories of the era of “Rock and Roll” with Johnny O Keefe’s Shout.

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