The brewery tour had been great, but we were running a little late and there was a real danger we were going to be late. The sense of panic increased when we had to find an alternative route due to a low bridge across the road we wanted to travel on. However, Tony, our driver was marvellous and managed to get the coach right next to the playing area at the venue in Spa, with 20 minutes to go. It was brilliant to see so many people waiting for us in the audience and set-up was completed in double quick time, ensuring we were able to start spot on time.
Our programme included the Post Horn Gallop, with the solo played magnificently by Gordon Hughes.
Our other soloists were great too, and all received rapturous applause.
However, it was the exuberant Hootenany that really got the party going. The format of the venue was perfect for the trombones to leave their seats and move into the audience.
One lovely surprise was the unexpected request from a member of the audience for the band to play ‘Rule Britannia’ and we were very happy to oblige. One of our horn players, Jenny Cooper,was even able to provide extra information in French for the audience about the request
Instead of ending our playing with ‘Sussex by the Sea’ we once again concluded with ‘Abide with Me’ and this was really well received -with the band getting a standing ovation – a delightful end to our series of concerts.