Wadhurst Brass Band members were relieved to find they were playing in a different square to the Worcestershire Jazz Band. The Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk Square – a leafy quadrangle bounded by lovely old buildings, restaurants and a high stonewalled church.
Great fun was had as they tried to preserve their modesty changing into uniforms on the coach. Soon though, everyone was set up and ready to play.
The first piece – Deep Harmony (a band favourite) – drew the crowds and the programme continued with a rousing performance of Bombardier.
There were several wonderful solos by David Hughes (cornet), Lewis Kemp (euphonium), Christabel Seall (flugel) and David Healey (trombone). And once again, Hootenany delighted the crowd, especially when the trombone section wandered around the square in amongst the crowd to play the last but one section.
There were no encores this time. Instead, the band concluded the performance with a moving rendition of ‘Abide with Me’ in recognition of the many Dutch people killed on the recent Malaysian Airways tragedy.