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Christmas Carols Ensembles: December, 2019

A Carols Ensemble of nine band members provided a one-hour program of Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes at three Bunnings Warehouse locations in the weeks before Christmas. The schedule was:

Saturday 7 December Bunnings, Wallsend at 11am and Bunnings, Kotara at 1.30pm

Saturday 14 December Bunnings Wallsend at 11am.

Although we did not have a “captured audience”, many shoppers paused for a while to listen and hopefully appreciate the program of traditional Christmas music being presented for their enjoyment

Bunnings is very supportive of Community Groups. A donation was received for each Ensemble performance and shoppers added to the situation with cash donations being “dropped in the bucket”.

“Christmas in Brass” Concert: Sunday 15th December, 2019


The Concert opened with Christmas Crackers, a medley of well-known Christmas tunes. The German Carol Ich Steh An Deiner Krippen Hier (I’m Standing By Your Crib) followed. The Australian composition by William G James, An Australian Christmas, consisting of three Movements, Carol of the Birds, Lullaby Carol and Christmas Day was well-received. David Walker OAM, principal euphonium, delighted the audience as he featured in the “quite gentle and romantic” Merry Christmas Darling. The Aria In Marble Halls, from the Opera The Bohemian Girl, followed.The audience then joined inwith the singing of Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. The rousing Georg Friedrich Handel’s For Unto Us a Child is Born addedsome intensity, while Irving Berlin’s appealing and ever popular composition White Christmas concluded the first half.

The second half opened with Henry Purcell’s Rondo. The Hymn Jerusalem, regularly featured in The British Proms and regarded as Britain’s second Anthem, was included for the first time. The very lively Christmas Swing changed the mood.Again, themost popular number of the second half was Schneewalzer (Snow Waltz). with the audience, from time to time,joining hands and swaying from side to side, as well tapping their feet to the beat. Christmas Joy provided another medley of Christmas tunes. The audience sang along to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus brought an inspiring end to the Concert.

Nineteen numbers provided the entertainment for the audience, who, with smiles “all round” as they departed, indicated that the afternoon was a joyful experience.

Crossroads Christian Fellowship Concert: Thursday 26th September, 2019

CNL Brass presented its second one hour Concert for the year, entertaining about forty developmentally disabled people on Thursday evening. The band supports the Garden Suburb Uniting Church Committee, who host the evening. Eleven numbers were played, two of which were medleys, featuring the songs of The Beatles and ABBA. Both were very popular.

The audience on the move to marching music

The Concert commenced with The Spitfire March, written by the Australian composer Robert McAnally. Musical Director Bruce Rowlatt invited a very keen audience member, David, to accept the “assistant” conductor role. David conducted the very lively march The Cossack. Included in the Concert was the “always requested” The Floral Dance. It was certainly an enjoyable occasion for both the audience and band members.

“From Argentina to Oregon” Concert: Sunday 15th September, 2019


Bruce Rowlatt conducts CNL Brass

The Spitfire March, composed by Australian Robert McAnally to honour Australian pilots who flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain during World War II, opened the Program “with a flourish”. Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, a no.1 hit from the musical Evita, in which the spirit of the dead Evita exhorts the Argentinian people not to mourn her, drew sustained applause. Flashes for Band, a composition of five movements, each of a different musical style and played by the band for the first time, was well-received. The everlasting music of The Beatles was featured with a medley of five gold hits, including Eight Days a Week and Yesterday. Billy Joel’s rather sombre, but appealing Leningrad, followed. The first half concluded with the very lively and foot-tapping folk song from the mid 1800’s, All Around My Hat.

The Band opened the second half with one of William Rimmer’s many Marches, The Cossack. The audience was delighted with I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables. The feature number for the Concert, Jacob De Haan’s Oregon-Fantasy for Brass Band, a ten-minute composition with essentially American Themes, challenged the audience to imagine the scenes that the composer was endeavouring to convey musically about the American State of Oregon. Love Changes Everything, from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Musical Aspects of Love followed and, with both the recent Stage Musical and Movie Mamma Mia promoting the music of ABBA, the ABBA Gold Medley of four no.1 hits, including Dancing Queen and Fernando, drew applause. The ballad I’ll Be There was a hit for The Jackson 5 in 1970 when Michael Jackson was only eleven years of age. It was a hit with the audience today. Does Your Mother Know, from Mamma Mia, a lively ABBA dance number, kept the audience interested The Concert finished with a Scottish flavour with Musket, Fife and Drum. In simple terms, a good time was had by all.


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