*
banner

Aldbourne Band

An Evening of English Music
Conductor: Glyn Williams
St. Michael's Church, Aldbourne
Saturday 6th April

This concert collaboration with the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society, Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust and Holst Society, saw Aldbourne along with respected folk singer Jonathan Causebrook chart a musical journey of ‘Englishness’ over a span of 800 years or more.

The historic roots lay deep in the soil of the local villages of Ramsbury, Aldbourne and Ogbourne St. George, the flowering branches courtesy of the great composers inspired by the people and their surroundings.

Exquisite

The first half was dedicated to Ralph Vaughan Williams; opening with his regal overture, ‘Henry V’, played with brilliance and pomp, followed the exquisite ‘Fantasia’ on ‘Greensleeves’ which enabled the band to display tonal warmth and broad, textured phrasing.    

The ‘Prelude’ from the wartime propaganda film, ‘The 49th Parallel’ contrasted with his ‘English Folk Song Suite’ - both bucolic and bravura, with the MD expertly giving the music time to find its flow and stylish pace.

The second half featured his contemporaries; Holst’s ‘Second Suite in F’ played with simple appreciation to enhance evocative musical imagery, whilst the ‘Cortege’ from Herbert Howells’ ‘Pageantry’ was full of melancholic pathos.  

The ‘Prelude’ from the wartime propaganda film, ‘The 49th Parallel’ contrasted with his ‘English Folk Song Suite’ - both bucolic and bravura, with the MD expertly giving the music time to find its flow and stylish pace.

Tender

John Golland’s tender arrangement of Vaughan Williams’, ‘Sine Nomine’ was finely textured, before the concert was rounded off with a robust rendition of Holst’s ‘A Moorside Suite’. 

In between the band’s performances, the audience was treated to some wonderful folk singing from Johnathan Causebrook, whilst the concert was preceded by a lecture from John Francis, Vice Chairman of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society, entitled, ‘Vaughan Williams and the Soul of the Nation’.

In all it made for a memorable event.
 
Ashley Jones

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    



Black Dyke Band - Cory - Brass on Sunday Gala Concert

Sunday 13 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, B12EA


Black Dyke Band - Swiss Nationals Gala Concert

Saturday 19 September • KKL, Europaplatz 1, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland 6000


Contest: scaba Own Choice Test & Hymn tune

Sunday 27 September • The Hawth in Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ


Contest: Swiss National Championships

Saturday 28 November • Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland 1820


Contest: Swiss National Championships

Sunday 29 November • Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland 1820


Amesbury Town Band

July 14 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument. After Covid!


Sandhurst Silver Band

July 13 • Due to relocation, Sandhurst Silver Band are looking to fill the following vacancies as soon as we are allowed to resume:. . Principal Euphonium. Front Row Cornet. . We are currently top of the L&SC 1st Section table and have a 2021 tour to Belgium planned


Cheltenham Silver Band

July 9 • Cheltenham Silver Band is a 3rd section band looking for a new Musical Director.. We would like an enthusiastic conductor who will work closely with the band, committee and the training band MD to foster an enjoyable, supportive and creative atmosphere.


Prof. Christopher Houlding

MMus, GGSM, LRAM
Conductor, Performer, Educator


               

 © 2020 4barsrest.com Ltd