Our new MD Sam Fisher made his debut appearance at the Band’s Autumn Concert on Friday 20th October at the Newton Hall. The Band was already playing the Circus March They’re Off as Sam was introduced to the audience for the first time.
In the concert of two halves, the first set consisted of more traditional (including some easy listening) music finishing with the well known Anthem from John Miles – Music (Was My First Love). The second half comprised music from the shows with some fantastic toe-tapping numbers.
Four soloists got a chance to shine over the course of the evening. First in the limelight was Lucy Heeley playing “Last Rose of Summer” on cornet. Our principle euphonium Cathrine Hodgkinson wowed the audience with Ray Woodfield’s Caprice then in the second set, Michelle Cooper gave a beautiful rendition of Where Is Love from Lionel Bart’s Oliver.
Last but not least, the inimitable Peter Gowers on tuba gave a fun-packed performance of Leigh Baker’s Bare Necessities from Jungle Book, a piece which sees the whole band getting involved at some point as they try not to let the soloist steal the show.
The Band sent a delighted audience home with an uplifting encore – Sing Sing Sing featuring some superb kit percussion skills.
A presentation was made to retiring MD Andrew Dennis and his wife, former principle cornet Linda to thank them for all their hard work.
Your next chance to see and hear Chapeltown Silver Prize Band in action is on Remembrance Sunday, leading the parade in Chapeltown in the morning and playing at the British Legion Club in Chapeltown in the evening.