Boscombe Band at Underhill Methodist, Portland

The Boscombe Band (Bandmaster Dr. Howard J. Evans) traveled to the island of Portland to play a concert at Underhill Methodist Church on Saturday, 29 September 2012. An appreciative crowd enjoyed the program, which included the band’s first performance of Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s Fire in the Blood.

The concert started with the march Temple 85 (Norman Bearcroft), followed by a congregational song. The next item was a transcription from classical literature, the Dies Irae from Verdi’s “Requiem”.

Three of the band’s soloists were featured in consecutive items. First up was Craig Snell (cornet) with Meeting of the Waters (Traditional, arr. Richard Rock). Next was Barney Lawrence (horn) with Bel Canto (Kenneth Downie). The last soloist, John Starkes (euphonium) played Peter Graham’s Bravura.

The first half of the program concluded with Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s Fire in the Blood. This is the first time that the Boscombe Band has publicly performed this work, which has become extremely popular since its debut at the ISB120 celebrations in 2011.

After the interval, the band returned with Just Like John (Norman Bearcroft), followed by another congregational song. William Broughton’s slow-swing arrangement Deep River was next. The trombone section was featured in Lord, You Know That We Love You (Kenneth Downie), which led into a devotional thought brought by Band Sergeant Brian Wright.

The end of the program consisted of contrasting works, Angels Watching Over Me (arr. Joy Webb, trans. Ray Steadman-Allen) and Seize the Day (Peter Graham). Following a benediction, the band sent everyone home with God Be with You (Ralph Vaughan Williams, arr. William Gordon).

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