Curtain up at Alderley Edge!
By: ChrisThompson - 25 September 2016
LYB kick off the 2016/17 concert season in style
The newly-refurbished Festival Hall in Alderley Edge was filled with the sonorous sounds off all three Lions bands last Friday as the organisation kicked their concert seasons off in fine style. Despite just three weeks of rehearsals the Beginners, Juniors and Youth Bands all sounded in fine form ahead of what promises to be another busy year for them all.
First on stage were the Beginners. Their opening number, Batman, was full of kapow and zap, and had the audience's attention straight away. Their three item programme also included Monday Blues and Bob the Builder; an item full of crowd participation and one that is fast becoming their signature tune. The band's mature performance was all the more impressive as it contained no less than 5 newcomers to the organisation. In fact, the Beginners have seen numbers swell by 13 (lucky for us!) new faces since the summer break and now boast 35 members - excellent news!
The opening strains of Punchinello echoed around the hall at the start of the Juniors programme, before their opening item morphed into Nellie the Elephant. Their programme contained a few newer items, as well as a couple of crown favourites from the year before, including tutor Steve Barwick's quite haunting arrangement of Scarborough Fair. Again, the Juniors has several 'first timers,' with several players moving up from the Beginners over the summer. Well done to them all.
After the excellent cakes and refreshments put on by the Alderley Edge Lions club during the interval, the Youth Band entered for the second half. Not content with a brand new programme, the band had to do battle with a particularly feisty air condition system that seemed determined to scatter principal euphonium Cameron's music into nearby Wilmslow. Opening up with White Rose Fanfare, they then showed their lyrical side with a lovely rendition of The Rose. Philip Sparke's Tameside Overture, an item that poses many challenges, was next and the power and precision of the band was demonstrated superbly. In fact, the band sounded on wonderful form throughout their performance, with the euphonium duet, Softly As I Leave You, being a particular highlight. The band ended as they started, with music from the pen of Johnny Bates, as they performaned his powerful and descriptive 'Velocity.' An excellent end to a fabulous concert.
The band are next in action on Saturday 8th October, as they perform at Union Street Church, Crewe. We hope to see you there!