Thursday, September 15, 2016
The May Concert at The Regal, Tenbury Wells was very well supported once again. It really is great to see so many friends in the audience, as well as new people seeing us for the first time. The work and effort is rewarded by seeing so many people enjoying our concerts. More of our Woofer friends visited again this year, The Tyrolean Terrors and The Popadom Sketch were brought back after 30 years! (with very little rehearsal!). The music in the programme for both Apprentices and the Main Band was a great mix of popular and new arrangements, all of which suit the band so well. This year the band played Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto which featured Francesca Parker. It really shows the versatility of the clarinet and Francesca played it with amazing skill and talent. At 16 (nearly 17) years old it was truly an amazing achievement which I'm sure she will never forget. Derek White is always a crowd pleaser when he sings with the band. This year was no exception as he sang his favourites, Hallelujah and Cry me a River, along with a fantastic new arrangement, They Can’t take that away from me. The Annual Achievement Award was awarded to Andy McCoshan our Drummer for the most improved player in the last 12 months and The Gladys Kitchen Memorial Cup was awarded to Gill Rees for her services to the band. The concert finished with the vibrant Conga del Fuego, a new, challenging piece for everyone this year. We organised another workshop day and enrolled the help of Mike Fowles, who is widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of his generation, to get the best out of the band for this piece. The end result was amazing to play and a great finale to the concert. With so many complimentary comments from the audience, we can say the whole evening was job well done.