MELTHAM and Meltham Mills Band presented their annual Last Night of the Proms concert in the parish church to a large and appreciative audience last Saturday.
This year’s guest vocalist was soprano Julia Morley.
Under the direction of Robin Morgan, the band displayed fine versatility throughout a well contrasted choice of programme.
Particularly impressive was Borodin’s Overture to Prince Igor, together with some outstanding contributions from the band’s soloists.
Alison Eastwood (horn) performed beautifully in Demelza while Chris Farrington (euphonium) once again displayed his musical artistry in Peace by John Golland.
In complete contrast, we were treated to a rousing rendition of Basin St. Blues from the energetic trombone section.
Julia, beautifully accompanied by Jean Collinson, offered some relaxing contrast with her lovely voice in songs by Cole Porter, Gershwin and Bernstein.
Most noticeable throughout the entire concert was the outstanding work of the percussion section, particularly in Zulu (Battle of Rorke’s Drift) – excellent!
The traditional ‘flag-waving finale’ saw Julia join with the band for the Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem.
Although the programme did over-run by some way, ‘Melthamers’ were very happy to get their ‘money’s worth !’
A fine show all round.