facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label

*
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



Kettering Citadel S A Band -

Tuesday 17 July • 66, Rockingham Road,. Kettering,. NN16 8JU


Roberts Bakery Band - Bluedot Festival

Saturday 21 July • Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. . The University of Manchester. . Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL


Medway Band - Higham Church Annual Prom

Saturday 21 July • St. Marys Church. 1 Abbey Farm Cottages . Church Street. Higham. Rochester . ME3 7LS


Lofthouse Brass Band - Oxenhope Railway Station

Sunday 22 July • Oxenhope Railway Station, The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth BD22 8NJ BD22 8NJ


Tendring Brass - Opening Night Concert of the Frinton Mission 2018

Saturday 28 July • Greensward,. Frinton on Sea,. Essex CO13 9DN


Worthing Silver Band

July 17 • Worthing Silver Band are a lively band looking to increase their numbers. We are looking for back row cornets, 2nd horn, 2nd baritone, Eb + Bb bass. We perform a selection of concerts and we are the organisers of Brassbandathon. Look us up for more info.


Witney Town Band

July 17 • A friendly 4th section band based in West Oxfordshire require Front row cornet, percussion and second Horn. We rehearse from 7:30 - 9.30pm every Tuesday at Witney Methodist Church, High Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6HG. . .


West Somerset Brass Band

July 17 • We have vacancies for a 1st baritone player and front row cornet although we would be delighted to hear from any brass player or those wishing to learn an instrument. We are based in Watchet, West Somerset but players come from a wide radius to us


Gary Davies


Conductor, Band Trainer, Adjudicator