A Christmas Concert with Burneside Brass

On Saturday 4th December 2010 we hosted our own concert at St Thomas? Church, Windermere Road, Kendal. Despite the poor weather conditions we had an excellent turnout out for this concert with people coming from all over South Cumbria and even as far as the Wirral!

The concert was opened with the National Anthem followed by the Concert March Bandology, the Tone poem Othello was the second item on the programme, before our first solo item of the evening Lady in Red performed by our Flugel Horn Player Harold Roberts. The evening continued with audience participation as they were asked to sing two Christmas Carols, whilst they were singing with the band two solo cornet players were getting in position ready to perform the next solo item. Once the applause had died away Stuart Moore directed the band into the introduction to post horn gallop and to the surprise of the audience the two soloists performed this piece from a balcony high above them all, the soloists were Graham Hartley (Principal Cornet) and Dave Higson (Tutti solo Cornet) this was the first time this piece had been performed in public by these two players and to add to this it was made even more special as the Father of Dave Higson was there to hear his son play for over 30 years.

Once the cornet players had returned to the stage the Selection Gershwin for Brass was the penultimate piece prior to the interval and we closed the first half with a descriptive piece entitled Christmas. There followed an interval where our guests were served a selection of hot drinks including Mulled wine and mince pies.

We opened the second half of the concert with A Christmas Festival which is a mix of various Christmas tunes and themes, the reflective piece Candlelight carol was the second item of this half, which was then followed by the 3rd and final solo of the evening the Euphonium solo Beautiful Colorado performed by David French (Solo Euphonium). After a stunning solo performance it was time once again for audience participation and more carols were sung. Who Is He? Was the next piece we presented to those gathered at the concert and for the final time the audience were asked to help out by singing the twelve days of Christmas whilst some of those in the audience held up the appropriate pictures for the right days. Our Christmas concert was concluded with the Christmas Fantasy Nuts and Wine.


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