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Constantine Brass on the Grass

Rebecca Wills, July 2013

 

Camborne Band

Conductor: John Berryman

Grand Marquee, Constantine

Sunday 21st July 2013

 

Camborne Band along with Helston, St Keverne and Pendennis performed this years Constantine Brass on the Grass. Playing to a capacity audience in the Grand Marquee, Camborne was the fourth band to entertain a very receptive and enthusiastic audience led for the evening by John Berryman.

 

Camborne started its set with a new composition from the pen of Black Dyke horn player, Jonathan Bates. Tortuguero 6 is a Latin inspired work composed for the RNCM Festival of Brass. The band then moved on to Michael Garasi's arrangement of Funiculi-Funicula Rhapsody, which is a work unique to Camborne and the Brass Band of Central Florida.

 

The soloist for the evening was Principal Cornet, Darren Hendy, who chose to play the classic cornet solo The Nightingale by Harold Moss. Darren gave a very polished performance of this piece and the band accompaniment was sympathetic to the soloist.

 

Camborne then slowed the pace down with the beautiful Mist of the Forest. It is the atmospheric penultimate movement of Gareth Wood’s extended suite Brass Triumphant, which was written for the Cory Band as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations in 2009. it was also used as the first section area test piece this year.

 

To close the set, the band played Respighi’s March from The Pines of Rome, arranged by Howard Snell, which has become very popular with brass band audience across the world. After a quiet beginning where the marching soldiers can almost be heard approaching from the distance, the volume and tension increases all the way to the grand final chords.

 

Shostakovich's Folk Festival proved a popular encore, showing great skill and no small amount of flair which brought the concert to a triumphant close.

 

 

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