CD cover - Rushen Silver BandRushen Silver Band

5-Dec-2009

Rushen prove that you can have a lively old time of it even when celebrating your 60th anniversary.

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Conductor: Jim Crebbin
Soloists: Martin Norbury, Jennifer Cook, Rebekah Collings
Music House Productions: CD
Total Playing Time: 70.23


If you have something to celebrate then it is a good idea to make sure you do it style.

And a little bit more

With this 60th anniversary celebration release, Rushen Silver Band from the Isle of Man has certainly done that – and a little bit more too.

The band was formed in 1949, and have been a vibrant community ensemble on the island ever since.

In fact, it is quite an achievement given the small population of the Island that it supports more than a single brass band (there are seven in total), and they have continued to ensure that future generations will enjoy brass playing by building their own bandroom, as well as providing instrumental tuition to young players and a host of varied initiatives that keep them at the centre of local musical culture.

Well chosen tracks

This Diamond Celebration sees the band provide 18 well chosen tracks, picked once suspects, with a little bit of help from Musical Advisor Richard Evans: there is a lot of breezy, up tempo playing, played with real gusto.

There are the occasional problems with the basics at times – but so what. This isn’t a release meant to be in competition with Black Dyke’s latest blockbuster, and what the band perform, they perform well: from the classic of all classic marches, ‘Sons of the Brave’ to a touch of James Bond, through swing and Sally Army to Rimsky-Korsakov and Shostakovich.

Featured soloists

The featured trio of soloists are on fine form. Euphonium player Martin Norbury delivers a bravura ‘Brillante’, principal cornet Jennifer Cook, a persuasive ‘Share My Yoke’ and trombonist Rebekah Collings a perky bit of Disney on ‘I Wanna Be Like You’.

You can certainly hear that the band has taken on board Tricky Dicky’s advice when it comes to playing a march in the right style too – both the opening ‘Sons of the Brave’ and the latter ‘On the Quarterdeck’ are delivered with a real sense of chest out, shiny booted swagger.

Ensemble work

The band doesn’t over extend its abilities on the other pieces, with some neat ensemble work and precise technique shown on items such as the ‘Cortege from Mlada’ and ‘The Conquest of Paradise’, whilst there is a enjoyable appreciation of style with ‘Best of Bond’ and ‘An American Trilogy’.

Tasty ‘lollipops’ such as ‘The Rose’, ‘Swedish Folk Song’, ‘Second Waltz’ and ‘Two Swinging Spirituals’ are neatly played too, and the more reflective items such as ‘Hine e Hine’ are also delivered with a tasteful restraint.

Tight rein

Conductor Jim Crebbin keeps a tight rein on tempi and dynamics even when there is an obvious desire on behalf of the band to just get a touch excited on some items.

The post production quality is excellent too – from the ‘in house’ art work and music notes to the usual high standard of the recording itself from Music House Productions.

All in all, a very enjoyable way of celebrating 60 years of fine music making.

Iwan Fox

What's on this CD?

1. Sons Of The Brave, Bidgood arr.Woodfield, 3.51
2. Best Of Bond, arr.Darrol Barry, 7.02
3. Second Waltz, Shostakovich arr.Fernie, 3.47
4. Stella, H T Hemy arr.Fernie, 4.00
5. Brillante, Peter Graham — Euphonium Soloist: Martin Norbury, 5.00
6. Hine e Hine, Trad. arr.Peter Graham, 3.34
7. An American Trilogy, arr.Goff Richards, 4.19
8. Hunt The Wren, Trad. arr.John Kinley, 2.15
9. Share My Yoke, Joy Webb arr.Bosanko — Cornet Soloist: Jennifer Cook, 3.36
10. Men Of Harlech, Trad. arr.Gordon Langford, 3.12
11. The Rose, McBroom arr.Bernaerts, 3.37
12. Two Swinging Spirituals, arr.Fernie, 3.23
13. Cortege from Mlada, Rimsky-Korsakov arr.Langford, 2.28
14. On The Quarterdeck, K J Alford, 3.27
15. I Wanna Be Like You, Sherman arr.Fernie — Trombone Soloist: Rebekah Collings, 3.12
16. Swedish Folk Song, Trad. arr.Peter Graham, 3.01
17. The Conquest of Paradise, Vangelis arr.Alan Fernie, 4.34
18. Ballafesson March, John Kinley, 5.32

Total playing time: 70.23

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