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Christmas Carols Ensembles: December 2017

CNL Brass Carols Ensemble entertain at Bunnings Boolaroo

A Carols Ensemble of eight band members provided a one hour program of Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes at the Family promotion evening at Bunnings Boolaroo on Thursday 7 December. The Ensemble greeted Santa with Jingle Bells as he arrived on a fire engine to listen to the “wish lists” of the children.

The Ensemble entertained at Wallsend Bunnings on Saturday morning 9 December and proceeded to Bunnings Belmont to continue to provide “Christmas music for the Customers” in the afternoon. Bunnings Boolaroo was the final venue on Saturday 16 December for a one hour morning performance.

“Christmas in Brass” Concert: Sunday 10 December 2017

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The Concert opened with the March Christmas Joy. The first half featured A Christmas Festival, the arrangement providing a medley of Christmas tunes. The audience joined in with the singing of Away in a Manger and O Come All Ye Faithful. The band included two new arrangements for soloists in the first half. Silent Night featured as a trombone solo from principal trombonist Marcus Holdsworth, while O Holy Night highlighted the delightful tone of the euphonium, played by David Walker. Both were popular inclusions.
White Christmas provided a pleasant ending to the first half.

The second half opened with An Australian Christmas by the Australian composer William G James who, in his time, was the Director of Music for the ABC. This was a Suite of three Movements, namely Carol of the Bird, The Silver Stars are in the Sky and Christmas Day. A new arrangement for flugel horn of Away in a Manger saw Doug Hoepper feature. The audience joined in again to sing along again to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. The second half concluded with Georg Friedrich Handel’s For unto Us.
In all, nineteen numbers were presented to the audience who, by their applause, indicated that this Christmas in Brass program was enjoyed by all.

“A Musical Bonanza” Concert: Sunday 10 September 2017

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Bruce Rowlatt conducts CNL Brass

This was the first Concert to be presented by the band’s new Musical Director, Bruce Rowlett. Bruce decided that soloists should be a feature of this Concert. The first half included performances by four soloists. Alison Tonkin, principal; tenor horn, played the emotional 1971 hit Feelings. Doug Hoepper featured on flugelhorn, playing By The Time I Get To Phoenix, as a tribute to the late Glenn Campbell. The Neil Sedaka hit Solitaire saw the audience exposed to the delightful tone of the soprano cornet, played by Jou McDougall. Jazz musician and trombonist David Baker’s composition Memories was presented to the audience by Joe Sandy on trombone. The Olympic Fanfare from the 1964 Olympic Games opened the Concert and the lively number by Johann Strauss, the Czech Polka, closed the first half.

Strike Up The Band, a George Gershwin composition from the 1920’s, provided a brisk opening to the second half. A change in mood was introduced when principal cornet Bruce Fletcher featured on the Leroy Anderson composition A Trumpeter’s Lullaby.

The John Denver hit Perhaps Love was presented as a euphonium duet by principal euphonium David Walker and our guest for the Concert, Lance Turner, principal euphonium of Maitland City Brass Band This duet performance was really well-received by the audience. Mexican music was highlighted in the four movements of Mexican Fiesta. The ever popular Radetzky March prompted enthusiastic clapping by the audience to end the Concert. In all, sixteen numbers provided a variety if musical entertainment for the audience to enjoy.

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

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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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