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Remembrance at Barton

Music to match the mood of remembrance was included in a concert at St James' Church in Barton under Needwood on Saturday 9th November, the eve of Remembrance Sunday. Derwent Brass made a welcome return to Barton after an interval of five years.

The evening’s varied programme included a beautiful arrangement by Karl Jenkins of 'Abide With Me' and and was followed by the 'Last Post', a minute’s silence and the gorgeous 'Benedictus' from The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace. Before this, a varied programme of upbeat brass band favourites, TV and film tunes, marches, swing numbers and an arrangement of the Beatles song 'Can’t Buy Me Love' were among the pieces that had the audiences’ toes tapping.

“Derwent Brass thrilled us with stirring music that blew away the cobwebs.” said Jill Rogers, one of the organisers of the Barton Music and Art Festival 2013.  “They are the kind of band that sends tingles down your spine as the first notes are played because they are just so amazingly passionate about their music and just so, so good.”

The guest conductor David Purkiss introduced the pieces with humour and then conducted with great authority.  The soloists, Pam Davis on Flugel horn, Dave Neville on Principal Cornet, Adam Rutter on Euphonium and Adrian Drewitt on Baritone all played with wonderful tone and superb musicianship.

Concert Review by Jill Rogers. 

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