*
banner

Stone wall concert success for Lydbrook

The Lydbrook Band breaks new ground with a rather unique concert performance...

Lydbrook
  The concert sounded brilliant in the unique acoustic of the quarry

A unique concert was recently undertaken by the Lydbrook Band as they gave what is believed to be the first ever 'Proms in the Quarry'.

The event has taken two years of planning after the band was invited to test the acoustics in the Victorian pennant sandstone quarry by sponsor, Forest of Dean Stone Firms Ltd. The quarry itself predates the formation of the band by around 17 years.

Unique setting

It attracted a large and appreciative audience too, as MD Ian Holmes led the West of England Championship Section outfit through a memorable concert in a truly unique setting.

The idea for the concert came from the company's CEO Nick Horton, with the band joined in the second half by soprano vocalist Josie O'Driscoll in all the Proms favourites such as 'I Vow to Thee my Country', 'Jerusalem', 'Fantasia on British Sea Songs' and, of course, 'Pomp & Circumstance' and 'Land of Hope & Glory'.

Lydbrook also showcased popular favourites such as 'The Greatest Showman', 'Post Horn Galop' featuring soloist, Phil Turner, 'The World's Greatest Storyteller' and 'Armenian Fire Dance', with the evening expertly linked together by compère Brian Jackson.

The music, atmosphere, audience and fireworks just made it a very special evening and one which I will never forget. I just loved it and rest assured, we will do it again!Forest of Dean Stone Firm CEO Nick Horton

Buzz of excitement

Band Secretary, Robert Morgan told 4BR: "The event went beyond all expectations and we wonder if anything like this has ever been done before in the UK. The venue was unique and the buzz of excitement as the audience walked into the quarry was palpable."

Forest of Dean Stone Firm CEO Nick Horton added: "Since the sponsorship promotion performance here with the band two years ago I've wanted to host a proper concert in aid of them.

The Proms Concert delivered a unique event. The music, atmosphere, audience and fireworks just made it a very special evening and one which I will never forget. I just loved it and rest assured, we will do it again!"

4barsrest logo

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    


Pride

Take Pride in brass

August 18 • Half a century of a pioneering battle for equal rights will be celebrated with a special brass band concert in Boarshurst next month.


Quiz

4BR Sunday Quiz: The French Connection

August 18 • All you have to do is identify the link and three great CDs with a Gallic musical flavour could be yours to enjoy...


Cory

The making of Battle of the Brass Bands

August 16 • An exclusive look behind the scenes at how the forthcoming Sky Arts documentary series Battle of the Brass Bands made it to our screens...


Brass Band World

Brass Band World magazine: August edition out now...

August 16 • The August edition of Brass Band World is out now — packed with news, views, opinions and reviews that make for essential reading...


Black Dyke Band - Macmillan Theatre, Bridgwater

Sunday 18 August • The McMillan Theatre, Bath Road, Bridgwater,Somerset TA6 4PZ


Regent Hall Concerts - Ensemble Sauterelle (french horns and male voices)

Friday 23 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


Sandhurst Silver Band - Music in the Memorial Park

Sunday 25 August • Sandhurst Memorial Park, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst GU47 9DP


Foden's Band - Sandbach

Monday 26 August • The Wheatsheaf, Sandbach, 1 Hightown, Sandbach CW11 1AG


Black Dyke Band - Scarborough Spa

Saturday 31 August • South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD


Band of the Gloucestershire Constabulary

August 18 • We require Front Row CORNETS including PRINCIPAL for a friendly, welcoming, non-contesting band with a sensible diary of public engagements including prestigious performances at venues such as Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey.


Stannington Brass Band

August 18 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb TUBA player to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests


Corby Silver Band

August 17 • We have vacancies for solo cornet, back row cornet and 1st horn. . We are a 3rd section band based in Northamptonshire in the East Midlands. . Rehearsals 8pm - 10pm Monday & Wednesday held in our own band club. We do not charge any subs.


Kevin Wadsworth


Conductor, adjudicator, teacher (ABBA)


               

 © 2019 4barsrest.com Ltd