Peebles concert success

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PEEBLES Burgh Silver Band held its autumn concert in the Burgh Hall on September 28, part of the Scottish Borders Festival of Brass, now in its 13th year.

The near-capacity audience heard the band start with the short and snappy Fanfare and Flourishes, quickly followed by Breezin’ Down Broadway which, as its name suggests, is a compilation of stage hits. The mood slowed with Concerto De Aranjuez, featuring soloist Jackie Hamilton on flugel horn. The pace picked up again with the Queen hit Don’t Stop Me Now, arranged by past musical director Alex Knox.

Celtic Crest followed, having been arranged by the band’s new musical director, Stevie Baird, and is a piece that can be played along with bagpipes. This neatly introduced the audience to the evening’s first guests – Peebles Ex-Servicemen’s Pipe Band.

The Silver Band recommenced with the Russian folk song Kalinka and the first half concluded on a topical theme with a selection from Jesus Christ Superstar.

The second guests of the evening were Peebles Junior Band who performed four movements from one piece – a waltz, tango, blues and ragtime. Peebles Development Band followed as third guests.

The versatile Alison Smith was the featured solo piper in Rose of Kelvingrove. Daniel Williamson, making his last appearance with the band as sole horn prior to moving to First Section Newtongrange, then gave a rendition of To Make You Feel My Love – the hit song by Bob Dylan and more recently Adele. The three principal cornets – David Stevenson, Morag Carrie and Diane Gillies – featured in Bugler’s Holiday by Leroy Anderson and completed the evening’s soloist pieces.

The Pipe Band returned for a further short set and then joined with the Silver Band to play La Boum and Highland Cathedral.

After the vote of thanks by ex-chairman Gerry Kelly, the band gave the audience the encore it requested with the Alan Fernie arrangement of Auld Lang Syne.