Anniversary concert for band

Winslow Concert Band play at Armed Forces Day  at Aylesbury Rugby Club
Winslow Concert Band play at Armed Forces Day at Aylesbury Rugby Club

A concert band proudly presents its 20th anniversary concert on Saturday.

Featuring the world premiere of Winslow Tableaux by Colin Touchin, the show by Winslow Concert Band takes place at 7.30pm at Winslow Public Hall.

The band’s opening spring concert, Pop Classics Through The Years, was a sell-out and the band anticipates the same for this special concert.

To celebrate the occasion the band has commissioned the distinguished British conductor and composer Colin Touchin to write a highly descriptive piece of music portraying the historic town down the ages.

An evocative sound picture will represent King Offa’s gift of the town in the year 792, followed by a tribute to its non-conformist tradition at Keach’s Meeting House, and then recall its more traditional citizens such as Samuel and John Wesley.

In a more dynamic and fast moving style, the composition turns to the highwaymen who may well have been lurking in Winslow, by then an important market town.

The mood next switches to a more sedate minuet reflecting the soiree atmosphere that will have taken place at Winslow Hall in the 18th century.

While the Winslow Tableaux will deservedly be the centre piece of the concert, the band, under musical director Paul How, will also celebrate the event in their renowned big band style, performing works from stage, screen and light classics.

Audiences will be put In The Mood with Glenn Miller’s famous wartime hit, last played by the band at the Duxford Flying Legends air show.

All proceeds from this concert will go to Cancer Research UK, for which the band has already raised over £1,000 this year.

Tickets £7 (concessions £5) from Jennie Wren’s Tea Rooms. Call 01280 817947. Advance booking recommended.

See www.winslowconcertband.co.uk