On 3rd November, Regent Brass joined forces with trumpeter John Campbell and pianist Graeme Thewlis to put on a family concert at St Michael’s Church in Highgate.
Playing to a small but appreciative audience, the band performed a varied programme of music including “March – Deep Harmony” and “On a Mission from God” written by Solo Horn Martin Pearce and 2nd Baritone Philip Doe respectively, the beautiful “Aka Tombo” featuring Solo Euphonium John Gafney, “Rhapsody for Trombone” featuring Solo Trombone Tetsuro Okamura, selections from Camille Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of the Animals” and Philip Sparke’s epic work “The Year of the Dragon”.
John Campbell joined the band as soloist and performed the atmospheric “Y Blaidd Olaf” (The Last Wolf) by Esther Hopkins, who was on hand to explain the premise of the piece to the audience, followed up by a whizz through Leroy Anderson’s bright and breezy number, “The Typewriter”.
The concert culminated with a performance of George Gershwin’s famous “Rhapsody in Blue”, where the band was joined by Graeme Thewlis. This proved to be a fantastic climax to the evening and rounded off what was a very enjoyable evening of collaboration which the band were delighted to have been part of.
John and Graeme will join with the Community Band and soprano Tracy King on Saturday 10th November at the Church of the Ascension in Wembley, where our local audience will have an opportunity to hear them both perform once again.
The band would like to extend their thanks to the musicians who helped us out at this event.