The [bclink id=”1004″ target=”_blank”], under the direction of David Daws, launched its new recording, Bandology, at Hendon Salvation Army Hall on 10 September 2011. The more than capacity crowd was quick to show its appreciation of the band’s efforts over the past year, a highlight of which was a recording session with World of Brass in June.
The concert featured special guests, including cornetist Neil Day (East Yorkshire Motor Services Band), vocalist Deryn Edwards, and pianist Elliot Launn.
The band commenced the program with the recording’s title track, Bandology, which set the tone for an uplifting evening of music-making. Other contributions from the band included Take Over Bid (John Larsson, arr. Ray Steadman-Allen), Where I Love to Be (Trevor Davis, arr. Kevin Larsson), the hymn tune “Worcester”, and the festival arrangement The Call of the Gospel, which was specially written for this recording by Martin Cordner.
Elliot Launn’s interludes on the piano provided contrasting musical color with superb performances in both solo and accompaniment roles. Deryn Edwards gave some awesome vocals, which included a performance with the band of Now I Belong to Jesus (Norman J. Clayton, arr. Bill Broughton), which is featured on the recording.
Neil Day delighted the gathering with several solos including Life’s Pageant (Terry Camsey), My One Desire (Howard Davies), and The Paragon (Sutton).
All too quickly, the evening drew to a close with an old favorite, Erik Leidzén’s On the King’s Highway.
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