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Christmas in Brass Concert: Sunday 13th December 2015

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

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CNL Brass, conducted by David Thompson, entertain

It was a joyful occasion, with a selection of traditional Christmas Carols and Christmas Tunes delighting the audience of about one hundred, many of whom were regulars and Friends of CNL Brass. In all, twenty-one numbers were presented.

The Concert opened with Christmas Day, the third movement from An Australian Christmas, written by Australian composer William James. The audience became an impromptu choir, singing along to the numbers Silent Night, Away in a Manger, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and concluding the first half “in song” with a rousing Jingle Bells.

The second half continued with the very lively Christmas Crackers. The audience featured again, adding voice to The First Noel and Deck the Halls. The John Lennon and Yoko Ono composition Happy Christmas (War is Over) was a popular inclusion.

The final number provided the opportunity for band members to convey a message of goodwill to our audience with We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Brilliance of Brass Concert: Saturday 10th October 2015

CAPITOL THEATRE, TAMWORTH

CNL Brass and Tamworth RSL Brass Band combined rehearsal.

CNL Brass and Tamworth RSL Brass Band members at lunch in Tamworth

CNL Brass and Tamworth RSL Brass Band members at lunch in Tamworth

Tamworth RSL Brass Band hosted a visit by CNL Brass on the weekend of 10/11 October. Both bands had a social lunch together on the Saturday and spent several hours of individual band rehearsals, followed by a combined rehearsal. This was in preparation for the annual Brilliance of Brass Concert, organised by Tamworth RSL Brass Band.

Tamworth RSL Brass Band opened the Concert under the baton of Rebecca Sullivan with the Paul Lovatt-Cooper composition When Thunder Calls. Then followed the contrasting Alan Fernie arrangement of the hymn Lloyd. Beatles Medley No.1 changed the mood and drew enthusiastic applause. Rebecca concluded a quite varied program with her eighth number, the very lively Derek Broadbent arrangement of Lord of the Dance.

CNL Brass continued after interval under the baton of John Kellaway, opening with the popular “circus march” Entry of the Gladiators. Soloists were featured in the program. Principal euphonium David Walker delighted the audience with his rendition of Zelda, while Doug Hoepper added solace to the occasion with the flugel horn solo Send in the Clowns. Clarence Leung, on cornet, drew sustained applause when he presented, from memory, his solo Napoli.

The Tone Poem- Labour and Love, composed in 1913 by Percy Fletcher, was the most challenging item presented. The inclusion of cadenzas for principal players by the composer was a highlight of this composition. The Ethel Merman “trademark tune,” There’s No Business Like Show Business, provided a busy ending for CNL Brass.

John Kellaway conducts CNL Brass and Tamworth RSL Brass Band

John Kellaway conducts CNL Brass and Tamworth RSL Brass Band

With sixty-five musicians on stage, both bands then combined for the highlight of the evening’s performance, presenting the very exciting Valero, continuing with selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and concluding the evening’s entertainment with Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s imaginative composition, Dark Side of the Moon.

Members of both bands took the opportunity to relax and celebrate a successful evening of entertainment back at Tamworth’s rehearsal venue after the event.

Movie Magic Concert: Sunday 20th September 2015

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

Jou McDougall

Jou McDougall features on soprano cornet, playing Live and Let Die

“Movie” Magic provided the audience with a selection of numbers that have been very popular over the years, mainly from movies. The Concert opened with The Imperial March from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, regarded as the anthem of the Galactic Empire. The first half also included a medley of five tunes from Great Film Themes such as Around the World in Eighty Days from the movie of the same name and The Harry Lyme Theme from the 1949 movie The Third Man. Live and Let Die, from the James Bond movie, featured Jou McDougall on soprano cornet. The first half closed with the stirring march Aces High.

David Thompson conducts CNL Brass

David Thompson conducts CNL Brass

 

The Concert resumed after interval with the theme music from the movie The Magnificent Seven. The Braveheart Suite from Mel Gibson’s epic movie Braveheart followed. The Man from Snowy River certainly had audience appeal, as did the theme music from the movie Jurassic Park. The second half ended with a delightful medley of tunes from Walt Disney movies titled A Disney Fantasy. In all, thirteen numbers were presented to a mainly seniors audience of about one hundred.

Movie Magic was the first concert for the band’s new musical director, David Thompson. David was greeted warm applause when introduced to the audience, while the band responded well to his baton.

Wallsend Winter Carnivale: Sunday 9th August 2015

CNL Brass provided “music on the march” as the band participated in the Grand Parade at the Wallsend Winter Carnivale. Colonel Bogey was the chosen march. The parade route along Nelson Street was crowded with spectators, who were generous in their applause.

CNL Brass marching in the Wallsend Winter Carnivale Grand Parade

The Carnivale is in its 30th year. CNL Brass led the first Grand Parade in 1985 and has marched in each Parade since then. Allan Shaw, the drum major of the band for the first Parade, led the band again this year.

 

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