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Summer at The Albert Hall

Derwent Brass performed alongside the Dalesman MVC and the award winning Welsh Risca Male Choir in what proved to be a fabulous evening of music making.

The concert took place in the magnificent Albert Hall in Nottingham on Friday 22nd July and also featured Samantha Hay, a well known soprano singer from Welsh National Opera as well as a couple of solos from the talented organist Lizzie Hayward.

The band as always performed a diverse mixture of music including big band Beatles numbers, a wonderful rock-fuelled arrangement of Ol’ Man River – performed fantastically on drum kit by their percussionist Lee Gilbert and the hymn tune – Abide with Me, intermingled with traditional choral music and more modern interpretations from the respective choral groups and soloists. Samantha Hay treated the audience to many well know opera arias including the ‘Queen of the Night’ Aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute and music from Die Fledermaus.  

The band also joined with the Dalesmen on a number of items including  Morte Christe, Speed your Journey, Soldiers Chorus from Faust and March of the Peers from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. There were many highlights to this wonderful evening but one of particular magnitude was the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ selection to draw the concert to a close. Once again, there was a sublime solo performance from the bands principal cornet player Dave Neville in Rafael Mendez’s brilliant arrangement of Hejre Kati. 

Richard Hayward the Musical Director of the Dalesmen Male Voice Choir expressed his pleasure at how well the evening went and the audience comments received after the performance once again point to a splendid time had by all.  

Martin Hodson MBE, the Musical Director of the Welsh Risca Male Choir commented: "....it made our fist visit to Nottingham a memorable one... the audience were most receptive.... we hopefully look forward to making another visit to Nottingham in the future.” 

The Risca choir as an expression of thanks presented the choir with a gift and the band with a plaque which sits proudly in the bandroom. 

Musical Director Keith Leonard praised the standard of all performers stating that it was a privilege to work with such talented musicians and play to a clearly delighted audience. He also extended his thanks to the Dalesmen who over the years have become very good friends of the band. 

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