facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label support us

*
banner

Band of the Scots Guards

Music from the Stage
Household Division Festival of Music
Conductor: Major Ian Johnson
The Guards Chapel, London
Friday 29th June

Fortuitously, this Scots Guards' concert was held in the open air, capitalising on the warm weather to attract a fine audience.  

Goff Richards' 'Stage Centre' provided a brisk opener, showing off the tone colours to good effect. 

Vocalists Lara Martins and Paul Tabone, currently performing in 'The Phantom of the Opera' were featured early in the programme to fit in with their performance times.

Lara sang first, with 'O Mio Babbino Caro' and 'L'Ascia ch'io Pianga' aided by exemplary accompaniment from the band, especially in the Handel, which favoured the delicacy of the woodwinds.

Fine form

The band currently has the luxury of two excellent bassoons, together with the fine flute playing of C/Sgt James Dutton, playing his final concert after 22 years with the Guards - and all three were on fine form throughout. 

Paul Tabone sang 'The Prayer' with keyboard accompaniment, switching seamlessly between English and Italian with a gorgeous falsetto ending. A powerful 'Nessun Dorma' led into the duet 'Time to Say Goodbye'.

The overture 'L'Italiana in Algieri' also brought the woodwind to the fore, although the solo oboe would have benefitted from amplification.

The band currently has the luxury of two excellent bassoons, together with the fine flute playing of C/Sgt James Dutton, playing his final concert after 22 years with the Guards - and all three were on fine form throughout. 

Highlights

The famous 'Slaves Chorus' from ‘Nabucco', occasionally used by Guard’s bands as a slow march, preceded one of the highlights of the evening, and a fine selection from 'The King and I'. Most of the familiar melodies were present in a well-crafted arrangement.

Although the allotted time was up, Major Johnson was given the go-ahead to continue and, after a brief interval, took up the bass guitar to join the band for 'The Red Baron' and 'The Best of Wind and Fire'. 

The former was in big band style, and would perhaps have been more effective if the sections had been seated closer together, but the final item had the audience clapping along, with great work from the trombone section and a central flugel solo that was an absolute corker to round off a fine concert event.

Peter Bale



Black Dyke Band - Queensbury Parish Church

Thursday 13 December • West End, Queensbury, West Yorkshire, BD13 2AD,


Woodfalls Band - Christmas Charity Concert with the Woodfalls Band

Friday 14 December • Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey SO51 8EL


Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Friday 14 December • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


Newstead Brass - Christmas at the Proms

Friday 14 December • Woodborough Village Hall, Lingwood Lane, Nottingham NG14 6DX


Enderby Band - Hinckley Rock Choir

Friday 14 December • Salvation Army Hall. Lancaster Road. Hinckley. Leicestershire LE10 0AW


The Corsham Band

December 13 • Due to work commitments, a vacancy has arisen for a Tenor Trombone player. First or Second position available. We are a newly promoted Second Section band with a friendly and enthusiastic team.


PEMBERTON OLD WIGAN DW BRASS BANDS

December 12 • Pemberton Old Wigan DW B band have vacancies for BBb bass and cornets. We are a friendly and progressive band and are looking forward to the New Year with a balanced diary of Concerts and Contests.


Johnstone Band

December 12 • Johnstone Band has vacancies for front and back row cornets, position is negotiable depending on experience and fit. An innovative, ambitious Championship Section band, we have a healthy programme of contests, workshops and concerts planned for 2019.


David W. Ashworth

RSCM, ABBA Exec Member, NABBC PRO.
Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator