Salvo enjoyed a good evening at Rushden SA last Friday, it was the band’s ‘third’ visit. The band were in fine form which was reflected by the ‘warm’ response by the audience. It was the first concert since the appointment of Craig Stevens as it’s associate conductor. John and Craig had put a very good balanced programme.
Opening with Goerge Marshall’s march Soldiers of Christ followed by the meditative setting of A Celtic Blessing, Montague & Capulets, Calon Lan, Guardian of my Soul, Keep me Praising, Lead, kindly light and Howard Snell’s arrangement from the Leonard & Bernstein’s West Side Story, ‘America’ and ‘Somewhere’.
An arrangement of the well-loved hymn – ‘The Old rugged Cross’ treated to a New Orleans style and again by
the same arranger Alan Fernie, of the Beatles famous – ‘Ticket to Ride’ were shown great appreciation.
The band’s soloists were also on form featuring principal cornet, Alan Losh – with the classic SA cornet solo - ‘A Happy Day’, cornet trio – ‘The Victors’, Steve Grainger on trombone with Kevin Larsson’s, ‘You can’t stop God’ and Philip Harper’s ever popular ‘Under the Boardwalk’ featuring Robert Foster.
However, the item of the evening had to be the arrangement by Barrie Gott of the classic SA chorus –‘This little of mine’ – called ‘Shine’. As well as set in an upbeat style, featuring a tricky cornet obligato flawlessly played by Alan Losh – the band sings the chorus!! Without doubt this is going to be a concert pleaser during this season.
Overall, a great evening of music making to end our year, an invitation has already been received to come back again. Why not take a look on ‘Youtube’ featuring items from this concert.