Today’s concert marked the second year of the Thursday lunchtime treats and the theme of September’s concert was very definitely to please the audience!
The Church Band welcomed us with ‘The Liberty Bell’, a tune familiar to many. Mozart was next, and the Finale to Act 1 of Don Giovanni accorded us a rich and varied performance with pleasant harmonies. The brass section was especially enthusiastic! Inspired by the Proms, Dave’s piano solo ‘Favourite Things’ impelled us to join in with the well known lyrics. Then Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Pie Jesu’ sent the music into an emotional sphere, the soulful air sounding so moving.
With a quick change of mood, we were treated to a calypso version of ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’ and then ‘The Sound of Silence’, both pieces being eminently hummable. Again, the Band’s musical skill, unity and smoothness of approach impressed us all.
Jacob (piano) and Ellie (violin) played a duet, ‘Ladies in Lavender’, a lovely, melodic piece with the soaring violin notes complemented by the piano’s strength and certainty. Following this, Marilyn sang ‘Make You Feel My Love’, performed with clarity and delicacy. Hopefully, she will sing again at future concerts.
‘A Ragtime Rondo’ was next and all the instruments cleverly revealed themselves in the refrains. Dave, Alison and Jude then played together, a very pleasing and harmonic performance of ‘The Prayer’, in which the contrasting instruments created a sense of separate journeys with one joyful outcome.
‘Bright Eyes’ and ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ concluded this delightful lunchtime interlude. Thanks go, as always, to Lesley Salter, the tea makers/servers and, of course, to the very special and talented St Mary and St Giles Church Band. £29 of donations from this concert go to the Organ Project.
Words by Andrea Hearne, photos by Richard Hearne