The title of the concert is Brass With Expression and the reason quickly becomes clear.
For it will feature Vocal Expressions Ladies Choir and Hade Edge Band – complete with its new, highly experienced musical director.
The concert will be held in the newly completed Edgar Dickinson Band Room in Hade Edge on Saturday, March 29 at 7.30pm
Directed by Robert Webb and accompanied by Lloyd Buck, the ladies’ programme features traditional favourites including The Water of Tyne and Cross the Wide Missouri as well as some jazzy Irving Berlin numbers to include Putting on the Ritz and Isn’t this a Lovely Day (to Be Caught in the Rain)?
The band, with newly appointed musical director Jonathon Beatty, will perform cross section from their extensive repertoire including The Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly by Puccini, Nabacco by Verdi and Ruslaka’s Song to the Moon.
The concert will feature soloists Anna Spedding (cornet), David Smith (E Flat Bass), James Turner (horn) and Rebecca Lundberg (trombone).
The concert marks Jonathon’s first appearance conducting the band.
He has spent his entire life immersed in brass band music, beginning with Meltham band, on to Hade Edge Band and then Sellers, and, aged 21, began a 15-year association with Grimethorpe Band, where, as principal trombone, he was involved in the filming of Brassed Off.
Jonathon has appeared with many eminent musicians including Julian Lloyd Webber, Evelyn Glenny, Leslie Garrett, Nigel Kennedy, Hayley Westernra and Willard White.
Hade Edge Band was formed in 1908 and in its 100-plus years has won many prizes and accolades. They enjoyed a long and successful association with local businessmen Joseph and Edgar Dickinson. Their bespoke band room, is named after Edgar Dickinson, who generously funded its creation.
Vocal Expressions Ladies Choir has about 45 members, mostly from the Holme Valley. The choir was formed in 1997 and meets every Thursday evening in Holmbridge Parish Hall. New members are always welcomed without audition.
Their current musical director is Robert Webb who has been with the choir since January 2013.
Robert read music at Merton College, Oxford and is a talented singer and trumpet player. As well as being musical director, Robert is also the choirmaster and singing teacher at Hipperholme Grammar School, musical director of Pinsuti Chamber Choir in Ilkley and director of the Ascension Singers.
The choir’s accompanist is the talented Lloyd Buck who was appointed in June 2012. Lloyd studied at the Royal College of Music in London and later at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he graduated with distinction. He has performed at many prestigious venues as a concert pianist. As well accompanying Vocal Expressions, Lloyd is musical director of Ellesmere Port Music Society and The Barnby Choir based in Wilmslow. He accompanies the Northern Ballet School in Manchester where he also teaches music.
Tickets for the concert are £10 which includes a pie and pea supper and are available from Christine Haigh on 01484 684463, Robert Turnbull on 07774 121391 and the Tourist Information Office in Holmfirth. A bar will be open throughout the evening.
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