The Tendring Brass on Tour tour bus stopped in Manningtree this afternoon (Sunday 30th September)and the band played our first ever “Last Night of the Proms” style concert to an almost sold out auditorium at Manningtree High School. This time we shared the concert with the Tendring Male Voice choir, under the direction of Ilze Robertson, who truly were in fine voice!
The first half was a trip around the British Isles, taking in some Famous British Marches before heading up north to hear the Jarrow Song and then over to the Blaydon Races (an excellent Euphonium Solo played by Guy Lever). From there, with the help of the Choir, we were Wales bound as they regaled us with Myfanwy, Land of my Farther’s and two other songs. From Wales it is a quick ferry journey to the Emerald Isle here we heard the hauntingly beautiful Cornet Solo, Carrickfugus (played by Chloe Jay). James Bond then took us into the interval where it was all change for the band as they swapped band jackets and straight ties for Dinner Suits and bow ties for the men and Red, White or Blue dresses for the ladies – the band looked great!
On with the second half, where our own Caroline Sanders led the singing of We’ll Meet again and White Cliffs of Dover and the choir sang Pack up your Troubles. Before we could launch fully into the Last Night of the Proms tradition, we hadn’t yet visited Scotland! Step up Charlie Jones with his Bagpipes! Scotland the Brave and then Highland Cathedral (with band accompaniment) made sure no one was left out! The Choir gave us two more numbers, Men of Harlech and a really nice arrangement of the sea shanty What Shall we do with the Drunken Sailor. Then we were ready, the audience had their flags, they had programs complete with words and the band were now set for Jerusalem, Pomp and Circumstance No 1 (Land of Hope and Glory) and Fantasia on British Sea Songs (which finishes with Rule Britannia!).
All in all a great concert! Here’s looking forward to our next engagement at the West Cliff Theatre Clacton on Sunday 11th November at 2.30pm.