The Band presented its Spring concert on 14th May at Holy Trinity Church, Aylesbury, where we were delighted to welcome back Lemon Tuesday Ladies’ Choir from Rickmansworth to share the platform. The band opened and closed the concert, while the choir entertained the audience in two sessions either side of the interval.
The concert opened with Bright Lights! by Robert Sheldon, and the first half included The Fun of the Fair by Duncan Stubbs, Writing’s on the Wall (by Sam Smith, from the James Bond Film “Spectre”) and Sinatra!, an arrangement of classic Frank Sinatra numbers by Stephen Bulla. John Dablin (clarinet) played Viktor’s Tale, the theme from the film The Terminal by John Williams.
In the second half, the band played Mancini Magic, arranged by Trevor Sharpe, Afterlife by Rossano Galante, and, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Via Appia from SPQR by Guy Woolfenden, based on music he wrote for the play Julius Caesar. The concert ended with a selection from the musical Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser, arranged by W J Duthoit, though this was followed by an encore, Liberty Bell by John Philip Sousa.
In complete contrast to the sound of the band, the choir demonstrated their versatility with a variety of music in contrasting styles, some humorous. Unfortunately I don’t have a note of their programme, but their singing is always entertaining and highly enjoyed by the audience.