*
banner

A Royal Tribute

The Band, Bugles, Pipes and Drums of the Royal Irish Regiment
Conductor: Bandmaster Richard Douglas MBE
Waterfront Hall
Belfast
Saturday 15th April


Dedicated to the late monarch Queen Elizabeth II, and supporting the Army Benevolent Fund, this cleverly conceived 'Royal Tribute’, featured The Band, Bugles, Pipes and Drums of the Royal Irish Regiment joined by several talented local artistes and groups.

These included singers Clara Wilson, Sophie Giraudeau and Willie Donald, as well as choirs from Ballyclare High School and Regent House for a concert that gave the opportunity for them to act out various scenes from war time days before breaking into song. 

Belfast’s fine Waterfront Hall was packed for a typical military opener with the splendid Gordon Jacob fanfare introduction to the ‘National Anthem’. 

Different element

It meant that the vocal numbers offered a different element to standard concert format, with the excellent Clara Wilson singing a medley from ‘Songs that won the War’  and ‘Hallelujah’  - the latter a super arrangement to include the sounds of the Pipes and Drums.

The band’s own Jonny Sproule brought the house down with Peter Graham’s ‘Bravura’ – playing with a confident showmanship that included a clever nod to the regimental march ‘Killaloe’ in the cadenza.

Sophie Giraudeau joined her former teacher for the angelic duet ‘Pie Jesu’, which also provided a moment to slow the tempo, before producing a cracking rendition of ‘Skyfall’ which certainly was a licence to thrill the audience. 

Some traditional folk songs came with Willie Donald singing ‘Take Me Home’  and ‘Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?’ whilst the choirs filled the hall with their balanced sounds on repertoire highlighting their versatility. 

The band’s own Jonny Sproule brought the house down with Peter Graham’s ‘Bravura’ – playing with a confident showmanship that included a clever nod to the regimental march ‘Killaloe’ in the cadenza.

A concert of familiar repertoire delivered in an innovative fashion closed with ‘Be Thou my Vision’,  ‘Sunset’ and the Regimental March ‘Killaloe’. 

George McAuley

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    



Pontardulais Town Band - Annual Concert - The storytellers present.....

Saturday 22 June • Pontarddulais Comprehensive School, Caecerrig Road, Pontarddulais. SA4 8PD


Boarshurst Silver Band - Sunday Brass Concert - Strata Brass

Sunday 23 June • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane OL3 7EW


Wotton-under-Edge Silver Band - Foden's Band

Sunday 23 June • Renishaw Innovation Centre,. New Mills, Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge,. Gloucestershire GL12 8JR


West Midlands Police Band - Sovereign Brass and Brett Baker (Trombone)

Sunday 23 June • Tipton Green Methodist Church. Park Lane West. Tipton. Sandwell. DY1 4QF


Brass Bands England - Youth Fest 2024

Friday 28 June • Barnsley Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2HZ


Rainford Band

June 22 • North West Championship Section Rainford Band are inviting applications for a Solo Baritone player. . We rehearse on Monday and Thursday evenings 19.45 - 21.45 in our band room with good links to M6 and M62 motorways.


Harlow Brass Band

June 20 • Come and join our friendly and welcoming band. We have vacancies for TROMBONES, BACK ROW CORNETS AND PERCUSSION. We hold our own Spring and Christmas Concerts and play at various local events throughout the year.


Haverhill Silver Band

June 20 • HSB has a vacancy for a first-class trombone player from mid-September due to relocation for university. With a busy concert programme and upcoming contests including Wychavon and the Senior Cup, this is a great opportunity for the right player!


Chris Wormald

B.Mus (Hons), LTCL, PGCE
Conductor, adjudicator, arranger


               

 © 2024 4barsrest.com Ltd