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“Let the Memories Begin” Concert: Sunday 8 April 2018


Joanne McDougall plays Rusalka’s Song to the Moon

The Concert opened with the march Simoraine, followed by the delightful Aria, Rusalka’s Song to the Moon, from the Dvorak’s Opera Rusalka. This featured soprano cornet Joanne McDougall. Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s The Big Top created a circus atmosphere. Principal euphonium David Walker OAM presented When I Fall In Love, while solo tenor horn Alison Tonkin delighted the audience He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. One Moment in Time was well received, while the ever appealing music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber was presented as a medley of songs in Aspects of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The very lively African song Zambezi prompted audience clapping to end the first half.

David Walker plays When I Fall in Love

The Raider’s March from the film The Raiders of the Lost Ark, provided a bright start to the second half, followed by the theme music The Magnificent Seven from the Western adventure film of the same name. The feature of the second half was Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s composition The Dark Side of the Moon. Doug Hoepper, playing the flugel horn, entertained with his rendition of Jealousy. The Neil Diamond medley of his number one hits, Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue and Holly Holy livened up the mood. In contrast, the Second Movement from the 1939 Spanish composition Concerto de Aranjuez had a calming influence. Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl certainly had audience appeal, as did the very lively final number, Swinging Kilts. In all, sixteen numbers provided a variety of musical entertainment for the audience to enjoy.

CNL Brass acknowledges, with thanks, the financial support provided by the Port of Newcastle Community Partnership Program in paying for the hire of the venue.

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


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


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.


Upcoming Events

2:00 pm Christmas in Brass Concert @ Warners Bay Theatre (previously known as Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre)
Christmas in Brass Concert @ Warners Bay Theatre (previously known as Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre)
Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Come along and enjoy a great afternoon of musical entertainment. CNL Brass will present a variety of musical styles selected to contrast and to entertain. Wear a mask if you choose. There will be an[...]