With Brass an...

With Brass and Voice – Report

Report on “With Brass and Voice” Concert
(Saturday 20th October 2012)

Thanks to the experienced co-ordination of local fundraiser, Freda Dorrell, St Mary’s Church hosted a delightful concert on Saturday evening, 20th October, raising a grand total of over £500 for two charities: Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Performances by Chinnor Silver band (directed by David Pegram) and TCC2 Children’s Choir (directed by Duncan Aspden) provided a delightful and varied repertoire for the enthusiastic audience to enjoy.

The band’s content was particularly far ranging, from Mussorgsky to Adele with many stops in between – something to suit all musical tastes. They made a wonderful sound within the lively acoustics of the church – subtle one minute and then roof-lifting the next! Particularly noteworthy were the solos – a Flugel solo by Carol Pegram, a trombone solo by Peter Hills and a euphonium solo by Tristram Church – all talented players.

The contrast with the young children’s voices was also delightful, and the audience were clearly impressed with the quality and complexity of TCC2’s performance. The children’s choir sang a range of songs including several with two or more challenging parts, despite the fact that two of the youngest members had only joined the choir three weeks previously! Ellie Stamp sang solo in Early One Morning and Georgina Hayward sang a solo first verse in O Waly, Waly, both gorgeous arrangements by Alexander L’Estrange. The young soloists sang beautifully. An audience favourite however, was the choir’s rendition of the old favourite The Owl and the Pussycat, by Ron Corp, during which many of the audience could be seen to be joining in with the words.

The combination of Chinnor Silver Band and TCC2 worked really well, with the children enjoying the Band pieces (beating time to the marches!) and being fascinated by the various instrument solos. The author’s personal favourite was the beautiful euphonium solo by Tristram Church.

All in all, a very enjoyable and successful fundraiser for Freda’s two nominated charities: Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Association. Two ‘hearing dogs’ were present at the concert, in the care of Fiona Daniels, a Haddenham-based, award-winning volunteer for the charity.

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