Little angel steals show at band’s concert

A TODDLER stole the show when the Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass band played their annual Christmas concert at Hucknall Parish Church.

For three-and-a-half-year-old Ella Whyley, wearing an angel costume, joined her mum, Abigail, who is the band’s principal trombone player, on stage for a rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’.

The concert enthralled a good audience with seasonal favourites that included an emotive opening featuring ‘Once In Royal David’s City’, sung unaccompanied by 14-year-old David Clare, who is a principal church chorister and recently performed in Durham Cathedral.

Other highlights were a solo of ‘O Holy Night’ by second euphonium player Chris Knapp and a jazzy performance of ‘Sugar Blues’ by cornet player Ben Armstrong.

During the interval, refreshments were sold in aid of a £150,000 restoration fund to repair crumbling parts of the tower at the historic church on Market Place.

The second half of the concert featured a short performance from members of the band’s youth section, some of whom have only been playing for three months.

In closing the show, the Rev Kathryn Herrod, rector of Hucknall, thanked everyone for their support.

She commented that there was clearly a wealth of talent within the band.

Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass were launched in 2008 as the first brass band based in Hucknall for 25 years. They were created from a group of players who left the ranks of the award-winning Newstead Brass organisation.