Last Saturday, on a glorious summer’s evening, the fabulous Trinity Concert Band raised the roof of the Michael Malnick Centre at Leighton Park with an evening of dazzling musical entertainment. The concert, under the supremely skilled baton of Paul Speed, celebrated the best of British, honouring the Queen’s birthday, with memorable musical highlights from every decade of her reign.
William Walton‘s magnificent, Elgar-esque Crown Imperial launched us into the evening, the soaring brass burnishing the rafters. This was followed by the touchingly reflective Tribute to Stephen Foster, segueing seamlessly into Waterloo Sunset, featuring a sumptuous solo from the golden-toned saxophone of Theresa Jones. Ronald Binge‘s daintily delightful Elizabethan Serenade followed, then the quirky Eine Kleine Yiddishe Ragmusik by Adam Gorb, infusing humorous swathes of Scott Joplin. The rousing Grenadiers preceded the finale to the first half, the Beatles‘ toe-tappingly terrific Echoes of an Era, interweaving hit upon fabulous hit.
We were treated to scrumptious homemade cakes and fruity beverages in the sunlit foyer before barnstorming into the second half with Ron Goodwin‘s exuberant 633 Squadron. This was followed by Nigel Hess‘s most affecting piece Scramble – we could picture the young airmen relaxing in the sunshine before the shrill klaxon of war sounded, changing lives for ever. Khachaturian’s fast and furious Sabre Dance then shifted the mood and Arturo Marquez‘s Danzon No 2 soothed us with its sultry Latin rhythms. Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre captivated with its exquisite, layered harmonies and then we remembered the adorable Doris Day in a delicious compilation of her hits.
The finale, JS Bach‘s Toccata in D minor was quite extraordinary, as we had never heard it before. Katie Tyler powered in on percussion and then, with the entire band, literally blew us away. We sat, stunned… before the tumultuous applause began and, of course, the mandatory encore!
Thank you Trinity Concert Band for a simply superb evening’s entertainment… we can’t wait for the next time!