Booking Concert Brass at Foxearth Church

MC900432654Proof that you don’t have to be Pavarotti in order to invoke the tingle factor was clearly evident in Foxearth Church on Saturday evening, 19th September, when Lorraine Eley’s rich soprano voice soared in the notes of Puccini’s famous Turandot aria, Nessun Dorma. The occasion was the visit by the Bocking Concert Brass  to play in aid of the church’s restoration fund and – under the baton of its Musical Director, Ian Coote – we heard a selection of stirring marches, themes from shows and films and some toe-tapping and syncopated jazz numbers. It would have been unsurprising if a sensual rendering of “Georgia on my mind” with a solo cornet had led to an outbreak of smoochy dancing in the aisle! Lorraine contributed to a varied programme with “A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square, the Abba song “I have a dream” and the Edith Piaf classic”La vie en rose” demonstrating her versatility in these contrasting styles. In the band pieces there were solos for flugelhorn, euphonium and soprano cornet – and an unusual tuba solo in the old folk song The Ploughboy which introduced a humorous touch. At the close we had the Fantasia on British Sea Songs (the Proms last-nighter) where enthusiastic audience participation in the accelerating Hornpipe and singing along with Lorraine in Rule Britannia showed how much the evening had been enjoyed by those present. This was a  very entertaining performance by a group of talented players whose musicianship has earned them a well-deserved reputation in East Anglia. We are grateful to all who came along in support although it is a pity that the idea did not attract rather more local interest. A return visit is eagerly awaited!

Thanks must be expressed to Corinne and Phil Cox for their initiative in suggesting the concert and for all who worked with them in various ways to bring it about. Thanks also to those who provided the delicious interval buffet after which everyone, without exception,  returned to their seats. After expenses the result was a useful £220 for the Church restoration fund.

Ken Nice


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