The 125 Special Brighouse & Rastrick and the Enfield Citadel Band
VENUE: Huddersfield Town HallBy: Ron Massey
THIS was a world beater, because no other brass band has presented 125 massed band concerts over a time span of 60 plus years.
Joining the host band on this special occasion was the Enfield Citadel Band (London), and they are the first Salvation Army band to appear in this long-running series.
The music was drawn from the very beginning of these concerts back in 1945, and we were off to a flying start with Wagner’s stirring Introduction to Act III of Lohengrin. The guest conductor was Garry Cutt, a former musical director of B & R, and he brought from the musicians such a wealth of great sound in this piece. In traditional style the next item was an overture, this being Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
Enfield Citadel, under the direction of bandmaster Jonathan W Curry, included in their solo slot Ray Farr’s beaty arrangement of Fugue in D Minor (Bach). Ray, one of our leading arrangers over the years, is a former member of Enfield Citadel. In their show selection B & R included the march Washington Grays and Suite Gothique.
Back to the massed bands and in the final spot we had another brilliant march, Punchinello, Sullivan’s Lost Chord and the Overture 1812, the most popular work played at these concerts, but for many, especially the older bandsmen present, it was the magnificent Resurgam from the pen of Eric Ball which no doubt provided the highspot of the evening.