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Derwent Brass was very pleased to be invited to bring down the curtain on an evening of music making at the Strutts Centre 'Live and Local' concert in Belper last Saturday. They followed on performances by local artists Pete Castle and Rough Truffles.

The splendid Grade II listed building has played an important part in the lives of thousands of people over the pastStrutts Centre hundred years. Many former pupils have gone on to make significant contributions and reach international recognition in various fields. Amongst the best-known are actors Sir Alan Bates and 007-Timothy Dalton, Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom and Sir Ralph Robins of Rolls Royce. 

Under the baton of Rob Calderbank, the ten piece brass ensemble taken from Derwent Brass entertained a full hose with an eclectic mix of music from Glen Miller to Quincy Jones with a bit of Ron Goodwin thrown in for good measure with the comical rendition of ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines’ . A favorite of the evening was Flugel Horn player Pam Davis’ performance of the famous Concierto de Aranjuez a composition originally for classical guitar and orchestra by the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, but most will know being made so famous in the film “Brassed Off" as “Concerto d’Orange Juice"!

Alison Gratton from Strutts Society commented to the band: “...we just want to say a big thank to Derwent Brass for the Musical Event at Strutts on Saturday night. You were great as always and I’m sure that the audience enjoyed your performance. We raised about £500 profit towards the new exterior lighting fund."


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