Fully integrated into the local community, Tyldesley Brass Band participated in Atherton Bag Lane Methodist Walking Day on Sunday afternoon, June 16th before performing the last concert of the Brass season at Formby Hall, Atherton in the evening.
The concert was opened with a composition by American composer C.S.Grafulla titled ‘Washington Greys’. The second half started with Philip Sparkes ‘Slipstream’ and both were good starters.
The concert featured several of the Bands accomplished soloists. Jay Chattaway’s piece ‘Stick Figures’ was a jazzy number composed for the Band a few years ago and percussionist Danny Cook was much in evidence throughout its performance. Danny is currently studying for a Foundation Degree in music performance at The Manchester College and for the last two years he has been a music/song writer with local rock group ‘Albino Guerrilla’. Euphonium players Michael Jackson and Geoff Hayes played an Alan Catherall arrangement of Alfred Devita’s ‘Softly as I Leave You’ whilst ex Army bandsman Harry Beaumont on baritone gave a rendition of the E.Garner/K.Bolton number, ‘Misty’. When not playing music, Harry works on the fish counter of Leigh’s Tesco store but will be retiring in the next few weeks.
Other highlights of the concert included ‘Carnival’ by Suppe, the ‘Emperor Waltz’ by Johann Straus arranged by Gregor J.Grant and Ord Hume’s arrangement of that great march ‘Imperial Echoes’ by Arnold Safroni.
As the banding contest season restarts in September Tyldesley Band, who will be at Fleetwood on the 29th, have chosen to play a three part piece called ‘At the Edge of Time’ from Sinfonietta. This Ray Steadman Allen piece is both challenging and entertaining and Musical Director Rob Taylor included part one of the piece in the evenings concert and it was well received.
Other numbers featured in this night of musical entertainment included Garfunkels ‘Bridge over Troubled Waters’, Goff Richards ‘I’ll walk with God’ , ‘Sounds of the Carpenters’ and ended with a big band jazz sound in the form of Barrie Gotts ‘Moses Get Down’ a lively way to finish the season.
The next Brass Band concert at Formby Hall, Atherton will be on Sunday, September 22nd and will feature Farnworth & Walkden Band.
Doors open at 7-00pm. Concert starts at 7-30pm.
In the attached photo are (reading from left to right) – Harry Beaumont (baritone), Geoff Hayes (euphonium), Rob Taylor (conductor), Michael Jackson (euphonium), Danny Cook (percussionist)