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Report - Annual Concert at the Regal

 

Tenbury Town Band has recently held their Annual Concert at The Regal, Tenbury Wells. There is always a great buzz on concert day, especially as preparations take place and everyone starts arriving for the afternoon rehearsal. We had friends and former members from the “Woofers” (The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Band) who just keep coming back, some only picking their instrument up once a year when they visit us! This year we invited Matt Stimpson to step in as guest conductor. Matt has been involved with the band for about five years and has delivered workshops for the Band for the last two years. He has an amazing talent to be able to put everyone at ease and get them to perform to their best ability.  (He also plays the Eb tenor horn quite well!) 

The packed audience were treated to a varied programme of well known pieces such as Skyfall and  St Louis Blues March, also included was the Fantasia on British Sea Songs which most people will know from Last Night of the Proms.   A spectacular duet “The Two Imps” was performed by Anne Yarnold and Andy McCoshan on the Xylophone, then the Saxophone section presented their rendition of “Sax Bomb” which the audience clearly loved. The Band were once again joined by Derek White, who sang Beyond the Sea, Moondance and Feeling Good. This really adds a special atmosphere to the evening which the audience enjoy enormously.

Our ever increasing Apprentice Band played three movements from the Swan Lake suite. Matt was particularly impressed with the fantastic sound created by this small group.

 It has become a tradition at every concert to include a sketch of some description, our comedy duo, Steve and Mark didn’t let us down. They performed the “Breakfast” sketch to the music of the Stripper made famous by  Morecombe and Wise. Judging by the laughter from the audience it all went very well.

During the evening the most improved player award went to Benjamin Parker on Euphonium who has really made a noticeable difference in his playing and a number of players were congratulated on excellent graded exam results.

 

Ben Parker receives the most improved player award

The Band finished the concert with Victory from Cry of The Celts, the Band has played this before but this year Niamh Thomas asked if she could perform some of her Irish Dancing while we played it. This was absolutely amazing, so much so, the audience wanted her to do it again as an encore.

It was a great way to finish the concert, everyone went home happy.

 

Quote from Matt Stimpson

Tenbury is extremely lucky to have such a hard working, fun and talented set of people on their doorstep, they are making great music in such a brilliant atmosphere. If anyone reading your paper is thinking about starting an instrument, get yourselves down to the band, you will not be disappointed as you will get such a warm welcome and excellent guidance.

 

Fete season

Every summer is busy for the band, but this year seems especially so. The Band has already played at Shelsley Walsh for the MAC hill climb. Now as May is flying by the Band will soon be playing at the regular fetes and events but also quite a few new events have been booked. Most notably, The National Memorial Arboretum on 14th September, for The Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association. It is a great honour to be asked to play here, and another opportunity for the band to be ambassadors for Tenbury.

For an up to date list of all the summer engagements please see the band website. www.tenburytownband.co.uk

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