December 22, 2015 | By Paddy Dunn |
RMA CONCERT BAND NEWSLETTER 19 l DECEMBER 2015
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PAGE 2 RMA CONCERT BAND NEWSLETTER 18 l SUMMER 2015 nothing less than outstanding from our magnificent musicians. I am still continually amazed that every Thursday evening they all turn up for rehearsals with their instruments and music stands with many h
PAGE 2 RMA CONCERT BAND NEWSLETTER 17 l DECEMBER 2014 Lara Jelliff takes up the story: Saturday 2nd August was marked by a very early start for the band. However, despite the fact most players had risen substantially before 5am to arrive at Worcester Cathedral in time for a rehearsal prior to the concert, the band performed with definite regal finesse. Once again, under David Cole’s baton, a majestic opening comprising the overture for Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music followed by Stanley’s Trumpet Voluntary played by Jon Yates, sensitively backed by the rest of the band, provided a fitting choice within such an imposing setting. Similarly, well appreciated by the notably sizeable audience, was the contrast once again provided by the Innsworth Military Wives Choir and the magnificence of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 . On the journey back my own personal treat: the dulcet harmonies of the band returning to Eastney by coach in a verse of Happy Birthday – perhaps not quite matching the quality of the exquisite music of our concert but a nice and well-appreciated touch: very many thanks gentlemen and ladies! One of David’s last major gigs with us was at Winhester cathedral in early October. This concert was given in response to the Lord Lieutenant’s Appeal for the cathedral’s restoration programme. The band opened appropriately with music from WW1, Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty! , quickly followed by Principal Trumpet Jon Yates’s excellent playing of Hamlisch’s Through The Eyes of Love which, like many other pieces played during the evening, sounded quite magnificent. Lt Sam Hairsine RM then took up the baton to conduct the combined Military
PAGE 2 RMA CONCERT BAND NEWSLETTER 16 SUMMER 2014 Jon Yates solos Burt Bacharach’s This Guy’s in Love with You – Beland Band Club, Zeitun. by the pool – everyone had the same idea – some quick to enter the first chilling then pleasantly cooling waters of the rooftop pool, others sliding slowly in and a few entering with some gentle persuasion. In the evening our next outdoor concert was in Hal Balzan for the St Gabriel Band Club. This time quite an intimate feel to the venue, the band taking centre stage in front of a warm and eager audience of perhaps about 400. Re-shuffling our programme to open with a march followed by our Beatles’ Medley we had the audience captivated and singing along from this point. Other highlights – the composer himself was invited to conduct the band in his very own Maltese composition, Virgo , and following a presentation by Major Paddy to the band club President, fireworks and streamers were let off to accompany our final pieces in spectacular fashion. Afterwards, plentiful beer on tap as well as pizzas and traditional Maltese open sandwiches; we’re all now looking forward to our return on Wednesday for the pasta night! tuesday 27h May As I re-energize myself with another hearty breakfast I see a number of our band suffering a little this morning – I must have missed a long rooftop party last night and that sun has taken its toll on a few bodies too! Next a good bracing walk – out of the hotel, turn right this time along the promenade in Gzira, through the park and around the harbour and marina at Ta’Xbiex where the boats and sea-vessels of the great and mighty of Malta are moored. Continue on in the direction of Valletta and a roundabout collision provides a little entertainment – just a snapshot of the fairly haphazard free-for-all feel of the roads here! Nearly at Valletta, a good few miles from the hotel now, it seems to make sense to catch a bus up the final hill to leave a little time and energy for exploring. St John’s Cathedral is truly magnificent – the paintings of Caravaggio so exquisite – a real place of serenity and spirituality. This evening we head for Zeitun – a concert for the Beland Band Club – established over 150 years ago. A little lower key this time; a smaller audience and close to quite a noisy road but never to be deterred we cannot but fail to entertain – the professionalism of our soloists – Jon, Paul, Elaine, Steve, Malcolm and Dave providing some fitting highlights. Quite a synchronised band for the Hootenanny finale too with sections rising and sitting at varied intervals throughout the piece! Tonight a nightcap on the rooftop terrace – amongst the range of drinks on offer some tasty Kahlua: I wonder why it has to come in such tiny glasses! Steve Tanner solos in the James Bond 007 piece – St Gabriel’s Band Club, Hal Balzan. The view from the hotel rooftop bar, Gzira.
Royal MaRines association cr Bd www.rmb.rg.uk NEWSLETTER 14 SUMMER 2013 RMA CONCERT BAND NEWSLETTER 14 l SUMMER 2013 PAGE 1 GLORIOUS GLOUCESTER Paddy Dunn writes: In May the band played a major