On Monday 24th May Burneside Brass joined the Blaesergruppe Diessen e. V., and Kendal concert band for a joint concert hosted by the Windermere/Diessen Twining Association held at the Lakes school, Troutbeck Bridge. The Town of Diessen am Ammersee in Bavaria is twinned with Windermere and the Blaesergruppe Diessen e. V., band had travelled from Bavaria to perform a number of engagements in Windermere during the weekend, the final engagement being the joint concert.
The engagement started at 7.30 and the chair of Windermere Twinning Association welcomed the three bands and a large audience to the concert, all three bands joined together under the direction of Jim Quincey conductor of Kendal Concert Band to perform the opening number Prelude “Te Deum”.
The three bands performed separately to entertain the audience and the Blaesergruppe Diessen e. V. began their performance with a piece of music entitled Auf zum Start, following their opening there was a welcome speech from the President of the Band and Vice-President of the Diessen/Windermere Twinning Association Dieter Hardt. The visiting band then performed two other pieces of music Donau-Dixie and Frei weg! Kendal Concert band were next to entertain the audience with Lustspiel overture, Music of James Bond and Big Bands in Concert.
Burneside Brass opened our segment of the first half of the concert with the March Death or Glory, the song I dreamed a dream featuring Debbie Caine on solo cornet and we then closed the first half of the concert with a selection of music from the film Pirates of the Caribbean.
After a short interval it was time once again for Blaesergruppe Diessen e. V to perform and they opened with music from Bavarian and Alpine composers featuring Alphorns and told the story of Whit Monday which is a general Holiday in Bavaria.
The Children’s march “Over the hills and far away” was the opening piece for Kendal Concert band’s second half performance and they rounded up their segment with Georgina on my mind and the song Don’t stop me now.
After enjoying the performances by the other two bands it was time once again for Burneside Brass to entertain the gathered audience and we opened with the march The New Colonial, the Welsh Traditional piece of music All through the night was the second of our four pieces of music for the second half of the concert, Highland Cathedral once again featuring Debbie Caine on solo cornet was our penultimate piece and we ended our part of the concert with the march from Pennine Moors Suite.
Under the direction of Stuart Moore conductor Burneside Brass the three bands closed the concert with a joint Finale performing the march Old Comrades which was a fitting end to a grand evening of varying pieces of music performed by the gathered musicians.
The bands then relocated to a nearby public house where a few well earned beverages were partaken and the Blaesergruppe Diessen e. V continued to entertain the gathered musicians and other guests to traditional Bavarian four part harmony vocals.