Elland Silver Band returns to Hornsea
By popular demand, Elland Silver Band are returning to the United Reformed Church in Hornsea on Saturday 25th June. Their concert last summer, which raised money for Hornsea Music Society’s season of concerts, was a stunning selection with the theme A Night at the Movies.
“We were really pleased to be able to book the band for our fundraising concert,” said the Society’s Chairman, Roberta Loades. “As they are one of the top bands, and have such a good reputation, we were not surprised that the concert was a big success, and so many people said how wonderful it would be if they could come again. We assumed that it would be difficult to persuade them to come back, but we were wrong. The band had a wonderful time when they came to us, so they got in touch to ask if they could come again.”
The band performs around 30 concerts annually, providing opportunities for all sorts of community organisations to raise money while they get together to enjoy good music. In 2010, the Elland Silver Band was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of their positive contribution to the local community. This award is the equivalent of an OBE for an individual.
The band is one of the largest community organisations in the Calderdale area, and one of the country’s oldest bands. They play arrangements of popular orchestral classics, film music, and jazz, as well as popular selections. Of course, they also play the traditional brass band standards and marches. You may have heard the band if you are a fan of the TV dramas Where the Heart Is or Last of the Summer Wine. Both programmes have included performances by the Elland Silver Band.
Elland Silver Band will play in the United Reformed Church, Hornsea, HU18 1PG, on Saturday 25th June at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Vernon Gallery, 136-138, Newbegin, Hornsea, telephone 01964 532986. They are £10 each, including refreshments. The money raised by the concert will go towards funding the Hornsea Music Society 2016/17 concert series.
RNLI concert with Hornsea Choir
Over £300 was raised by a concert in aid of the RNLI, given by Hornsea Choir on Saturday 27th February in the newly refurbished United Reformed Church. The choir sang a programme of old favourites, including On Rising Wind, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, which has had a new lease of life in the animated film Shrek, and the Festival winning Tell me it’s not true.
There was an unusual arrangement of the Barcarolle from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman. Hazel Adamson and Michelle Rothery sang this duet and accompanist, Irene Atkinson, was joined by Eileen Ashmead on the cello and Chris Ashmead on violin. Michelle also treated us to some Mozart and Irene played an interesting arrangement of a traditional Irish tune.
Bearing in mind the purpose of the evening, Malcolm Loades found us a monologue with a nautical theme, which he delivered with his usual style. The duties of musical director were shared by Eileen and Chris Ashmead, which gave them both a chance to join in the singing.
Thank you to everyone who put in so much work to make this such a special and successful evening.