Peebles Silver Band spring concert review

Peebles Burgh Silver Band held its annual autumn concert this month.

For the first time ever the Development Band joined the main band for the entire evening, together playing a diverse and entertaining programme to a full Burgh Hall.

The concert commenced with a rousing march Aces High that featured in the film The Battle of Britain, slowing down immediately with the Andrew Lloyd-Webber hit from Aspects of Love and perhaps the signature tune of Michael Ball, Love Changes Everything.

Staying with the film theme the band featured the Development Band players with the fanfare from Rocky which was arranged by Jedburgh’s Cameron Mabon. The audience was then encouraged to sing along to a selection of ABBA hits including Mamma-Mia, The Winner Takes It All and I Have a Dream.

The evening’s first soloist was then featured in a version of Share My Yoke. Dominic Russell plays principal cornet for the Development Band and has in the last 12 months graduated to the Silver Band’s Repiano Cornet. Showing very little sign of nerves, Dominic gave a very soulful performance.

To end the first half the band reverted to Cameron Mabon and films again, this time with a selection of hits from Grease including Greased Lightning, Summer nights, Beauty School Drop-Out and We Go Together.

The second half started briskly with a traditional Welsh march, Castell Coch or Red Castle in English. You Raise Me Up was a number one hit for Westlife and featured another youngster, Mhairi Anderson, on Flugel Horn.

It was another accomplished and confident performance from the future of the band.

The tempo changed again with Breezin’ Down Broadway by Goff Richards, a compilation of hits from West End stage shows.

Our final soloist was Rhona Musgrave with an arrangement of the traditional song The Road and Miles to Dundee by Alan Fernie.

The Queen double chart number one Bohemian Rhapsody arranged for brass by Alan Fernie normally played by the Development Band was a challenge even for the senior players and preceded the final piece An American Trilogy.

With the audience asking for more the band played an encore of A Wee Blether arranged by former conductor Alex Knox which is a compilation of traditional Scottish songs allowing participation from all in the hall.

The Development Band is usually led by our own Cornet-Elect, Daniel Williamson, who was absent on official duties but the band were delighted to congratulate baritone player Lewis Copeland on his inclusion in this year’s Beltane Court as First Herald.

As previously mentioned the stage was used for some of the audience and required a safety barrier. This took the form of beautiful floral baskets designed, arranged and donated by Peggy, mother of Rhona Adams our first Baritone player.

The Band thanked Peggy and the audience for their contribution to the evening, as well as the on-going support received from our business patrons.