Mayor’s Concert, Saturday 15th March 2014
This year’s concert marked the first major event for Hadleigh Temple’s new Bandmaster, Marion Still, who shared the conducting duties with newly appointed Deputy Bandmaster Alex Campbell.
Following the entry of the mayoral party, the toe-tapping march “Temple 85” got proceedings off to a lively start before, in a total change of style, Alex led the band in “Soul Bossa Nova”, as featured in the film “Austin Powers”, amongst others.
From the world of the stage musical came “The Music of the Night” from “Phantom of the Opera”, with its dark, brooding chords, whilst “007 Light” by Markus Frei was given a first airing by the band. This jazz-influenced setting of “This little light of mine”, with allusions to the music of James Bond, was introduced to the corps a few years ago by the Swiss group “Brass of Praise”. The performance was accompanied by suitable images projected onto the screen.
Faure’s “Pavane” offered a complete contrast, with its delicate arpeggios and smooth lines, after which the band’s two Deputy Bandmasters, Keith Johnston and Alex Campbell, on cornet and flugel respectively, joined forces to present the ”Flower duet from Lakme”.
“Since Jesus came into my heart” tried to capture the essence of the old “how do you do” testimony sessions, with John Ashcroft on trombone doing his best to emulate Don Lusher!
Following the Bible Reading and thoughts brought by Major Woodman, the band played Eiliv Herikstad’s “All to Jesus”, singing a verse and chorus of the original beforehand.
To close the first half, Marion had opted to revive the march “Temple Vision”, written by Martin Cordner to mark the opening of the new suite of buildings, which was taken at a cracking pace.
The second half commenced with “Pomp & Circumstance March No 4”, complete with a singing practice as the audience familiarised itself with the words “England shall be free”. To the movies next, with “I’ll walk with God”, from “The Student Prince”, which built up to a ringing climax.
The trio of “Pomp & Circumstance March No 1” allowed the audience to exercise their lungs in “Land of Hope and Glory”, and then it was time for the other staple items from the “Last Night of the Proms”. Henry Wood’s “Fantasia on British Sea Songs” was followed by Arne’s “Rule Britannia”, with Britannia represented by Sue Loftus and her daughter Catherine Mason, herself a very new mum.
The audience joined in heartily for “Jerusalem” and two verses of “God save the Queen” before the benediction, “An Irish Blessing”. This featured a quartet consisting of Alex Campbell, Brendan Still, Ken Ballard and Robin Bryant, the remaining bandsmen and bandswomen being spread out amongst the audience.
With Hadleigh Temple Timbrels contributing two contrasting items, it made for an enjoyable evening, raising money for a worthwhile cause, and fostering the Corps’ links with the local community.
words by Peter Bale
pics by Julia Winbolt