Rotary Corner: You just can’t beat a bit of brass

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Nothing beats a ‘bit of brass’ and no performers surpass the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Each year, for a quarter of a century, Deepings Rotary Club has invited this award-winning band to make the long trip from Yorkshire for their community concert.

As always the band was greeted by a packed hall, many people returning every year to hear them play.

The band, crowned ‘Brass in Concert’ champions for a record-breaking 16 times, this year were conducted by Dr Robert Childs.

To mark the anniversary the first half of the programme featured some very moving pieces commemorating WW1 and WW2.

After the interval, pupils from the William Hildyard School Choir enthralled us with two less well known local carols.

These delightful youngsters played melodic hand chimes to accompany their rendition of ‘The Bells of Norwich’.

It was a real treat to see the joy on the faces of the children and a privilege for us to listen to them.

The audience then joined the band for traditional carols before a rousing rendition of ‘Napoli’, featuring a superb euphonium solo, got the second half of the concert underway.

The programme this year included a solo on a baritone. This instrument, rarely played alone, produced a wonderful tone.

Of course no performance would be complete without a solo from bass player Shaun Crowther. Not only is he an amazing musician but a bit of a comedian.

This year he left the stage to play directly in front of the audience where, performing to the delight of the crowd, he brought the house down and received rapturous applause.

What a character! This year he posed for my camera and even laid down his instrument to dance with President Jill Thomas before resuming his fantastic rendition.

At the end of the concert there was a standing ovation and, of course, the audience shouted for an encore. What a night!

Grimethorpe are booked for next year. Get Saturday, 5 December 2015 in your diary and look out for details on Deepings Rotary website.

If you have never seen Grimethorpe in action you have missed a real treat!

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