Liss Band show why they are so popular
Liphook Millennium Centre
Saturday, April 9
Liss Band presented a wonderful concert in support of Liphook St John Ambulance for the seventh year running. The concert was very well attended with a packed audience filling the hall.
The concert began well with the Band’s rousing signature piece for the year Constellation by Bertrand Moren. The band continued with Summerdream by Luc Rodenmacher, featuring a delightful euphonium solo played by Julie Richards, followed by Hard Rock Hallelujah by Lordi, arranged by Jan van Kraeydonck.
The Liss Band training section then took to the stage to play a very jolly programme comprising On the Stage and Cha Cha Cha from Dances around the world both by Ivo Kouwenhoven, and finally Follow the Lieder mimicking a German oompa band by Jock McKenzie.
The training section, which was loudly applauded and cheered by the audience, is led by Alan Jones and has approximately 16 members with ages ranging from six to 13.
The band then played The Ashokan Farewell, a very evocative piece with the feel of a highland lament, by Jay Ungar, arranged by Alan Fernie.
The first half closed with six of Neil Lock’s Seven Dances.
Neil, a long-time member of the band, composed his dances giving each a different time signature which became more complex as they proceeded. The dances required solos from almost every member of the band which were easily accomplished supported by the very capable percussion section.
Last October, Liss Band was invited to take part in ‘Challenging Brass 2010’, a contest which took place in Addlestone, Surrey.
Four bands took part in the contest, each having to play a 30-minute entertainment programme including a march set by the adjudicator and a solo item.
Liss Band came second, playing against Staines Lammas, Godalming and Mole Valley Bands.
The band played their contest programme which was very well received by the audience in the second half of the concert.
They began with the splendid march, Arnhem by A E Kelly, followed by All through the Night the traditional Welsh air arranged by Gordon Langford.
On a lighter note they then played Straighten Up and Fly Right by Nat King Cole and Irving Mills, arranged by Gareth Churcher, featuring a trumpet solo played by Steve Kemp, and then Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, arranged by Frank Bernaerts.
The final piece of the contest programme was The Rother, composed specially for the band by Gareth Churcher. It is a delightful composition which depicts the river Rother flowing through Liss following its course to the sea. This piece, entered recently in a composition contest, not only won its section but the whole contest.
The band was then joined by the training section to play their finale, Circus Bamboni by John Blanken which brought the concert to a very enjoyable finish.
Ashley Kemp, Liss Band’s conductor, said: “I was extremely pleased with the concert; all the soloists played particularly well and it was a great debut for our resident composer Neil Lock’s latest piece, Seven Dances which was extremely well received.
“I was also very proud of our training section, who are a great asset and the future of Liss Band.”
John M Tough
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