On Saturday evening 14th May, Granite City Brass were delighted to present a fund-raising concert to support Christian Aid and India Village Ministries. The venue was the historic and very beautiful Dunnottar Church http://www.dunnottarchurch.net/history.html where a good congregation gathered to enjoy the extremely varied musical fare presented.
The scintillating ‘Fanfare and Flourishes’ (James Curnow) got the evening off to a great start followed by the luscious Norwegian Greg Jasesrse arrangement of ‘Abide with me’.
Other items included the film theme ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ (arr. Ray Farr), Kenneth Downie’s beautiful solo arrangement of ‘My Love is like a Red Red Rose’ impressively played by 14 year old 2nd Euphonium Hannah Noble, ‘A Swedish Folk Song’ (arr. Peter Graham), the powerful Slavik march ‘Farvel til en Slavisk Kvinne’ (Vasiliev Agapkin), ‘The Shepherds Song’ featuring the silky tones of principal cornet Allan Wilson, and ‘Mull of the Cool Bens’ featuring the soulful sounds of Alan Marr on flugel horn.
There followed two brilliant light-hearted Alan Fernie arrangements …‘The Ugly Duckling’ featuring outstanding duck and cuckoo impressions (!) from principal percussionist Phil Eost and ‘When I’m 64’ featuring the intoxicating sounds of Martin Neale on bass trombone!
The band concluded the evening with the inspirational ‘I’ll walk with God’ (arr. Goff Richards) and such was the appreciation expressed by the audience, the band invited their enthusiastic interaction in an encore …‘Skirl’ by Allan Street.
This proved a great night for all present, adeptly ‘chaired’ and programmed by musical director Bruce Wallace. The icing on the cake was however the knowledge that several hundred pounds had been raised for two very worthy causes!