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THE BEST OF BRITISH During the February half term the London Youth Wind Band (LYWB) held their first course of the year. It culminated in a concert at St Alfege’s Church on 26 February conducted by Geoffrey Harniess. The theme chosen for the February concert was ‘Best of British’. The concert began with the spritely March from Holst’s Suite in F. Holst is credited with being the first major composer to write an original work for military band – his Suite in E flat of 1909. The March was followed by Haydn Wood’s The Seafarer (very appropriate as we were in Greenwich!) this work includes several well known nautical tunes such as What shall we do with a drunken sailor? The first half of the concert ended with Philip Sparke’s Clarinet Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Band featuring ex CYM student Isha Crichlow. The concerto was much enjoyed by all who took part, not just because of Isha’s beautiful playing and mellow tone. The concerto, although not well known, is jazz inspired and sounds in parts as if it is improvised. It is in three movements, the first being dance-like, followed by a plaintive and melancholy second movement. The third movement features a repeated rhythmic ostinato in the brass and percussion, giving a real sense of energy and direction which is followed by a rhapsodic cadenza

in the clarinet part. It was a real pleasure to hear Isha play again. She is now in her second year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The second half began with Edward Gregson’s Festivo. Gordon Jacob’s The Barber of Seville Goes to the Devil followed, featuring some beautiful playing on the oboe by Myfanwy Dew. The work is a tongue in cheek tribute to Rossini. Malcolm Arnolds Four Scottish Dances arranged by John Paynter carried on the lighter feeling of the second half. The dances are intended to conjure up images of Scotland in the listeners’ mind and use musical features such as drones to imitate the sound of bagpipes. The first dance is in the style of a Strathspey, the second a lively reel. The third dance evokes a calm summer’s day in the Hebrides with the final dance being a lively fling. The evening ended with the band transporting the audience away from cold and wet Greenwich to sunnier places with Derek Bourgeois Calypso. I am very grateful to Geoffrey Harniess and Tony Maloney who coached the band during the course and particularly to Isha Crichlow for being so inspiring to the band members. The next LYWB course is in July (17-23) and we will be travelling to Amsterdam to perform in concerts and a live radio broadcast followed

by a final concert in St Alfege’s on the 23 July at 7.30pm, where the programme will include Buglers Holiday (Leroy Anderson) and Dukas Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Julie Beaman Head of Wind & Brass

Soloist: Isha Crichlow

Julie Beaman, Gill Tarlton,Tony Maloney UPBEAT Summer 2016


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