Concert to celebrate UK’s diverse music culture

Emma Walton, of Hucknall and Linby Brass Band
Emma Walton, of Hucknall and Linby Brass Band

A CELEBRATION of the UK’s diverse musical culture was the inspiration for a sell-out concert in Hucknall.

The attraction at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in the town featured the ever-improving Hucknall And Linby Community Brass band.

Music from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales was performed with passion.

So appreciative was the audience that their rapturous applause sparked an impromptu performance of Blake’s anthemic ‘Jerusalem’ as a finale.

Earlier in the evening, two of the band’s soloists took centre stage.

Principal cornet player Emma Walton performed the delightful Irish piece, ‘Carrick Fergus’, while the band’s principal euphonium player, Jon Clare, entralled the audience with the Scottish piece, ‘The Rev Archie Beaton’.

The varied programme, under the baton of musical director Paul Whyley, also included ‘The Dambusters March’, which was written by world-famous Hucknall-born composer Eric Coates.

Last Night Of The Proms favourite ‘Pomp And Circumstance March (Land Of Hope And Glory)’, by Elgar, also went down well.

Mr Whyley thanked the church for arranging the concert and for opening up the church as a practice venue every Thursday.

He went on to praise the band members for the dedication and effort behind the performance.

In one last thumbs-up, he thanked members of the church for providing an interval buffet of regional snacks.

His thoughts were echoed by the church’s vicar, the Rev Jo Stephens, who thanked the band, the audience and the organisers for a wonderful evening of entertainment.

OUR PHOTO shows the band’s principal cornet-player Emma Walton,