Band earn brass for Jubilee bash

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A CONCERT by a Hucknall-based band that kicked off with the National Anthem has fittingly raised money towards celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass performed at St Patrick’s Church in Nuthall for a show that also marked the Queen’s 86th birthday,

Money collected will go towards an event at the church to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne in June.

To a capacity audience, a varied programme featured three of the band’s soloists — principle cornet Emma Walton, who played the evocative piece ‘Carrickfergus’; principle euphonium Jon Clare, who performed ‘The Rev Archie Beaton’; and cornet player Ben Armstrong, who played a jazzy solo entitled ‘Sugar Blues’.

All three received rapturous applause from the appreciative audience.

After the interval, the band continued with the patriotic theme by playing music from ‘The Royal Fireworks’ by Handel.

Musical director Paul Whyley concluded a wonderful evening with Elgar’s ‘Pomp And Circumstance March No 1 (Land Of Hope And Glory)’ and a grand finale with Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’. Again, the audience raised the roof with their singing.

The organisers thanked Mr Whyley and the talented band for their programme of music, which made for an outstanding concert. The event provided perfect preparations for the band’s appearance at the 49th annual Buxton Music Festival in Derbyshire.