Gala Concert 2014
This year’s concert was an “Island Of Culture” event and which marked the 30th anniversary of two important milestones in the bands’ history.
Firstly, the Manx Youth Band recorded their original LP in 1984, “Manx Youth” and the concert will feature some of the tracks from this recoding.
Secondly, it is also 30 years since Derek Broadbent first visited the island and worked with the band, a relationship that has continued during that time.
The bands were pleased to welcome Derek back to the island as guest conductor for this year’s concert.
Manx Youth Band opened the concert with a rousing performance of Manx Youth which is the band signature march and was written by Derek Broadbent. First soloist of the night was principle Eb Bass Harry Henthorn who played an excellent arrangement of Roy Newsome “The Bass in the Ballroom”. They followed this with Beguine for Brass which is one of Lady New’s favourite pieces. Next soloist was assistant principle cornet Breesha Quirk who played another solo which was arranged by Derek, Annie Song. Following this was the main theme from Titanic “My Heart Will Go On” arranged by Alan Fernie. The next piece was a duet played by two players playing for the first time together out in front of the band. Principle Euphonium Matthew Naylor and Solo Trombone Sammy Clague played a brilliant performance of “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before which Derek arranged for Stephen Maddocks & Stephen Dugdale. The next piece was a surprise to the audience as it involved Georgia Maddocks singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow with the Youth Band accompanying her which she sang beautifully. The finisher for the Youth Band’s programme was Edward Gregson “Variations on Laudate Dominium. Ian was invited on to the stage to conduct the band which he did excellently in the Guild which saw Manx Youth Band be awarded 2nd place behind Manx Concert Brass. This was a superb performance by the young members of the organisation showing how far they have come in such a short period of time.
After a short interval the second half was opened by Manx Concert Brass with a rousing performance of Matthew Hall “Dragon’s Rise”. It was time for the first soloist of the evening for Manx Concert Brass, the Band’s Solo Horn Jenny Gilmour, playing a stunning performance of “Goodbye to Love”. The next piece they played was Greensleves arranged by Howard Snell which featured Jenny on horn which was played beautifully.
Derek dug deep into the band and invited the Band’s” big boys” up to the front of the stage. Ian Mansell, Scott Mackie, Simon Lowe and Jonny Kneale played a lively piece called “The Bass Boys. The next piece was also another surprise to the audience which saw Stephen Maddocks (without his Trombone) singing one of Elvis Pressley most famous song, American Trilogy which brought the house down! Holiday for Strings was the next piece before the penultimate piece of Manx Concert Brass’s performance was a beautiful duet “Softly as I Leave You” played by the Band’s two Euphonium players Phillip Shimmin and Steven Dugdale. The finale to the first half was Lesley Condon “Celebration March”, a great piece to complete a thoroughly enjoyable programme of music.
While Stephen Maddocks, the Organisation’s Chairman gave his maiden speech to the audience the combined bands, around 60 players, set up ready to play the final part of the concert. The first piece they played was Goff Richards “Breezing Down Broadway”. Next was another Goff Richards piece “Doyen”. The penultimate piece of the night was “Music For A Centenary” which was arranged by Derek and incorporating This Island Hone, word and music by Derek Broadband. The singing was led by Stephen Maddocks and Georgia Maddocks.
The concert was then closed with the Manx National Anthem.
Well done to all who took part in the evening. Thanks to Ian our Musical Director for doing all the hard work preparing the music for Derek and also a big thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of this concert, especially those who manned the table in the foyer and the collecting buckets at the end of the concert.