Stirring tunes at charity concert

By Jon Moreno

Friday, November 23, 2012


Stirring tunes at charity concert

Performers at the Help for Heroes charity concert at St John’s Church, Newport. Picture by Laura Holme.

MUSIC THE combined musical efforts of the Wight Diamonds Marching Band and the Vectis Corps of Drums made for a rousing concert in aid of Help for Heroes.

A 250-strong audience attended the two-hour charity concert at St John’s Church, Newport, last Saturday.

Apart from traditional marches, the concert included performances of songs from the musicals by the St John’s Church Choir.

The first half opened with the march Aces High and featured the bands’ renditions of Essex Chase, Highland Cathedral, the themes to the TV war series Band of Brothers and comedy movie Police Academy and the signature piece of Michael Flatley’s show, Lord of the Dance.

The tune, Vectis Bells, was performed as a duet by Joseph Williams, 14, and Danielle Price, 15, on the glockenspiel.

Part two of the show was equally varied.

It included Jerusalem, the Sandpiper Ballet, Heart of Oak and the theme to the film, The Longest Day.

The choir joined the massed bands for a Last Night of the Proms-style medley, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, which included flag-waving classics, such as Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia!

Sophie Hall, 15, performed Ennio Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe, from the film, The Mission, on the saxophone.

The show concluded with the traditional piece, Life on the Ocean Wave.

The concert raised around £700 for the charity.


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