The Greensward, Frinton is the annual venue for the Frinton Mission which is a week of events hosted by local churches.
Tendring Brass had the privelege of performing at the opening concert for this years event, and despite facing strong winds which had threatened to launch one of the Mission tents skywards, the event went ahead as scheduled.
A packed marquee of a mixed age audience of approximatly 250 settled down to an evening of a real variety of great music played by the band.
The first half opened with a Cole Porter number ‘Another Opening Another Show’ provided a taste of what delights the audience had in store from the band. This was closely followed by the hymn ‘Crown Him With Many Crowns’ – the band being accompanied by rousing singing from the audience.
‘Fanfare and Flourises’ then followed, before the whole Marquee paused to reflect on the tragic loss of a young man in the sea off Clacton recently, a prayer was led by Ian Harrison from the Mission organising committee. The Band then played a very moving piece ‘Guardian of My Soul ‘ – continuing the mood of reflection.
The audience were then treated to a Bass Trombone Solo ‘Lazy Bones Blues’ by one of the Bands newest members, the talented Paul Burnage, and then a further Trombone feature played again by Paul, Caroline Saunders and Saffina Frazer-Brown, along with Becky Smith on flugel, playing the well known piece from Sister Act ‘ I Will Follow Him’
A further worship song ‘Shout to the Lord’ gave the audience oportunity to air their vocal chords again, before being entertained with ‘Hot Toddy’ and a Glen Miller Special bringing the first half to a conclusion.
‘Valero’ was the opening piece of the second half, closely followed by ‘Under the Boardwalk’ featuring Becky Smith on Flugel and Ed Frazer-Brown on Eb Bass, the Band accompanied the duet with a choreographed routine which raised a smile amongst the audience.
The tempo was raised by the well known Elton John piece ‘Crocodile Rock’ – again, accompanied by the vocals of the audience at the appropriate times !. They then had further singing oportunity with the worship song ‘Come on and Celebrate’
As an acknowledgement of the centenary of the RAF, the Band changed the musical genre to the well known march ‘Eagle Squadron’.
The Bands very own vocalist Caroline Sanders, then led community singing with band accompaniment of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘White Cliffs of Dover’
The concert concluded with a piece entitled ‘Salute to Sinatra’ – a mix of well known Sinatra songs such as ‘My Way ‘and ‘New York New York.’
As an encore, and to raise the roof (or Marquee in this case) the concert was closed by a fantastic rendition of Tocatta in D Minor, and then the Blues Brothers number ‘Everybody Needs Somebody’ – with the band donning Trilby hays and sunglasses.
A great ending to a great evening.
The Band’s varied programme for the evening showed the versatility and range of music now being performed, a real treat for the audience who showed their appreciation with thunderous applause.
Thankyou to Frinton Mission for inviting the band to perform for you, we hope you enjoyed listening, singing and dancing, as much as we enjoyed playing for you.
Special acknowledgement to the Band Musical Director Antony Sanders for putting the concert together and for his hard work in preparing visual accompanyment to enhance the evening,via screens in the marquee for the duration for the concert. Also to a great friend of the Band, Andy Craze, who had assisted with concert rehearsals, and for playing at the concert – Thankyou.
Thanks to Colin P Brooks Photography for some great photos!