facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label support us

*
banner

Symphony Sounds 2019

International Staff Band and Bellshill Band
Conductors: Stephen Cobb; Yvonne Ferguson
Featuring: United Singing Companies (Paul Sharman); FourHymn
Symphony Hall
Birmingham
Saturday 1st June


Symphony Sounds 2019 featured the International Staff Band and Bellshill Band from Scotland supported by the International Staff Songsters, the male voice quartet FourHymn and a chorus made up of young singers from around the UK. There were also six dancers who contributed their own interpretation to some of the items.

Lively

The ISB opened with 'Legacy of Faith', by Nicholas Samuel. This lively piece combined 'Praise My Soul' with the choruses 'In His Time' and 'One Life to Live', with the smooth melodies set against the ostinato accompaniment figures making an interesting contrast.

Bellshill Band played Dean Goffin's demanding 'My Strength, My Tower' for their first contribution. After a rather stiff start they grew in assurance, with first class solo work from Alex Ramsey and Chris Shanks on cornet and euphonium respectively.

Peter Graham's ‘The Dawning’, is a powerful work featuring Joy Webb's 'There will be God' and the gospel song 'My Lord, What a Morning'.

Hearing it afresh one was frequently reminded of the composer's 'Essence of Time', and it was good to see the work getting an outing. The trombones were especially striking when declaiming the narrative line towards the end.

'Toccata Fire', a bright setting of William Booth's 'Send the Fire' by Stephen Ponsford, was the ISB's offering for the second half, incorporating John Larsson's 'Burning, Burning'.

Heartily

The ISB greeted the audience with 'Standing on the Promises' as they returned after the interval, before they joined heartily in the singing of 'Sound the Battle Cry'.

'Toccata Fire', a bright setting of William Booth's 'Send the Fire' by Stephen Ponsford, was the ISB's offering for the second half, incorporating John Larsson's 'Burning, Burning'.

Bellshill Band featured their soloists once more in Ivor Bosanko's duet 'Time and Eternity', exchanging phrases at the start before joining in harmony together. 'Immeasurable' was written for the band by Andrew Blyth and is the title track on their latest recording. Featuring the tune 'Penlan', the band was joined by the ISB percussion team in an impressive performance.

The vocal contributions added greatly to the success of the evening, and all the forces joined together in a finale based on a selection of songs by Joy Webb.

These included some written for young people, some from the days of the Joystrings and other more recent items. Led by Paul Sharman it concluded with the affirmative 'There will be God'.

Peter Bale

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    



Norfolk Wherry Brass - Norfolk Wherry Brass Memorial Concert

Sunday 21 July • Lingwood Village Hall. Station Road. Norwich. Norfolk. NR13 4AZ


Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band - Eastbourne Bandstand - 1812 concert

Wednesday 31 July • Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3AD


Gresley Colliery Band - Byrkley Park Garden Centre

Saturday 10 August • Byrkley Drive, Rangemore St, Burton upon Trent . DE13 9RN


Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Gawsworth Hall, Macclesfield

Sunday 11 August • Gawsworth Hall, Church Lane, Gawsworth SK11 9RN


Foden's Band - Snape Maltings

Saturday 17 August • Snape Maltings, Suffolk IP17 1SP


Stannington Brass Band

July 17 • 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.


Freckleton Band

July 17 • We have a vacancy for a soprano cornet player. The band currently competes in the Championship section and have a balanced concert and contest programme. Rehearsal nights are Mondays and Thursdays.


The Corsham Band

July 17 • PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM - A rare opportunity has arisen for a Principal Euphonium to join our band. Are you an experienced Euphonium player looking for a new and different challenge or have you been sat on that second chair down waiting for this opening?


Alwyn Green

LRAM, LTCL
Conductor, composer, arranger, adjudicator, teacher and soloist