Tonight a packed hall was treated to a magnificent night of music as the band held it’s annual Music for a Summer’s Evening. This year the event featured past and present students from the East and West Summer Schools – Alex Ramsay (cornet), Chris Shanks (euphonium) and Joshua Parkhill (trombone).
The soloists all showed great musicianship and talent in their individual solos:
- Joshua played the trombone solos Bone Idyll and Concert Piece for Trombone
- Alex played the cornet solo Jubilance
- Chris played the euphonium solo Brillante
Special mention must be made of Joshua, as, at the age of just 16, he showed he has already developed into a wonderful musician.
As well as accompanying most of the soloist items, the band played a number of items which are new to our repertoire: We started the programme with My God and King, and followed this with the festival march Motivation and another new item in our repertoire, 007 Light.
Claire Ramsay spoke passionately about what Summer School has meant/means to past and present students. The collection tonight was in aid of Summer School funds and a raised a fantastic £880. This was presented to Adam Barber who accepted the money on behalf of DHQ.
During a period of reflection, the band shared a recent arrangement by Andi Cook of the hymn tune, Manchester. All proceeds from the purchase of this music are going to the Manchester fund for the victims. The music is “dedicated to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack, 22/05/2017, and to the people of Manchester for their spirit and courage”. We associate the hymn tune with the song How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds:
How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrow, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.
Band Sergeant shared some reflections, before our three soloist for the evening, combined to play a beautiful piece of music entitled Time and Eternity.
The evening concluded with the band presenting another new piece entitled The Adventurers.
We would like to thank Alex Ramsay, Chris Shanks and Joshua Parkhill for sharing their musical talents with us tonight.
Thank you also to everyone who came along to Bellshill tonight, we hope you enjoyed the programme, but were also blessed and challenged by our music.