|Songs Of Praise 2014|
Don't forget the ever popular 'Songs of Praise' is this evening at Lismore... in the church if wet.
Saturday 23rd August saw Helston Town Band present their 12th annual ‘Lismore Proms’ in the beautiful grounds of band president Michael Jay’s Lismore Gardens, and what a special evening it was.
The band began their performance with popular march Ravenswood, followed by the well-known Light Cavalry overture. HTB then featured rising star Sean Sjoholm playing the beautiful soprano solo L’inverno. A very special celebrity appearance by the nephew of operatic superstar Luciano Pavarotti - Garcalotti Pavarotti (Kevin Johns) performed the famous Nessum Dorma to huge applause by the 600 plus audience.
Mother and daughter singers Karen and Bromley Hurn were the band’s guest soloists this year and they delighted the crowds with a varied and entertaining programme. Compere for the evening was the ever-professional Bruce Taylor.
Helston also featured other ‘special guest’ soloists in the form of Tim (Jack Curnow) Jones (apparently the nephew of Tom Jones) playing and singing the hit song It’s Not Unusual, complete with goatee, loud shirt and hip thrusts. A blast from the past also made an appearance at the Proms, Laurel and Hardy (Paul Jenkins and Shawn Carter) took to the stage with a rousing rendition of Another Fine Mess.
A special highlight of the evening featured members of a local Pipe and Drum band performing the stirring Highland Cathedral along with the band.
The second half of the concert saw the band, joined by members of Helston Concert Brass, march through the beautiful gardens playing the Flora Dance.
The 2014 Proms was the first appearance of both new Principal Cornet Jasmine Ryder-Pollard and Musical Director Darren Hendy, who took over the baton in May and has made such an impact on the band with his drive, enthusiasm and determination.
A very special and truly unique moment in Cornish and English brass banding took place at this year’s Proms. Band veteran Russell Harvey, who joined the band in 1944, was presented with certificates and medals by the Cornish Brass Band Association and Brass Bands England in recognition of a truly incredible 70 years as a member of Helston Town Band. To put this in perspective, the next highest certificate that the CBBA have ever awarded is 63 years continuous service.
The band itself also paid tribute to Russell, with former MD Edward Ashton speaking about his professional and personal relationship with Russell. The band presented Russell with a silver salver and former band member Debbie Retallack also made a welcome appearance presenting Russell with a framed picture of him leading the band during the 7 o’clock dance of this year’s Flora Day and a bottle of Spingo!
The band would like to sincerely congratulate Russell on this incredible achievement… next target – 70 Flora Days?
The evening concluded with traditional Proms Anthems – Jerusalem, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Pomp and Circumstance, and the Cornish anthem Trelawney, giving the audience the opportunity to wave their flags and sing their hearts out! The atmosphere was fantastic, with ‘Rule Britannia’ being heard across the night air on the other side of Helston.
To put on a night such as this requires a huge amount of work from a large number of people, and the band would like to thank everyone who contributed in any shape or form.
As the summer season begins to wind down (yes already.. it will be September soon!) the band comes off the back of a busy period of engagements, and all attention now focuses on the Annual Lismore Proms in four days’ time.
The Proms, as already highlighted in our feature tab above, has become a staple event in the band calendar and is eagerly anticipated by all involved.
Our MD Darren, making his debut Proms appearance as Musical Director, has been busily preparing a programme for the evening. The music will be varied, as usual; there are bound to be one or two surprises in amongst the traditional favourite brass band fanfare, marches and hymns and the traditional Jerusalem, the rousing Land of Hope and Glory and ever- popular Trelawny at the finish. …..there may even be one ‘star’ making a return after a nearly eight year absence!
Gates will open at 6pm. The Helston Concert Brass, with their MD Ian Edwards, will be the ‘warm up act,’ prior to the official start, at 7pm.
This year sees the return of wonderful local soloists, Mezzo Soprano, Karen Hurn and her daughter, Bromley, Soprano. The band is delighted to welcome both ladies to the Proms.
The evening will again be compered by Bruce Taylor.
The band have undergone a transformation with Darren at the helm, and have welcomed quality signings into the ranks, all of whom we hope enjoy their first Proms experience.
Tickets are still available and the weather forecast is looking good, so there is no excuse not to get your ticket now!
HTB were again delighted to take to the stage for the annual 'Brass on the Grass' in Constantine. The band, along with Camborne, St Keverne and Pendennis Bands, each performed a their own programme before all taking part in the ever popular massed band finale.
The band, under new MD Darren Hendy began their programme with the famous march The Contestor, this was followed by a rendition of the James Bond Collection featuring solo trombonist Lester Ashton and percussionist Simon Taylor. The very talented Sean Sjoholm then beautifully performed the soprano solo Demelza to large applause from the audience.
HTB then performed a moving rendition of the classic hymn tune Deep Harmony, featuring the band’s new Principal Cornet Jasmine Ryder-Pollard before finishing their set with the rousing tone poem Lady Stewarts Air. As an added bonus for the audience the band played the up-tempo Birdland, finishing with huge applause really emphasising the progress the band have made under Darren in recent months.
HTB then returned to perform along with Camborne, Pendennis and St Keverne for the ‘Proms’ style finale. The massed bands played Trewlaney, Land of Hope and Glory, rounding off another fantastic evening with the Floral Dance.
HTB took to the stage for the first performance of a busy 2014 summer season under new MD Darren Hendy at the beautiful Godolphin House.
The band, as well as soloist Angela Agutter Thomas entertained the crowds providing a varied and entertaining programme ranging from soprano solo 'Demelza' as well the beautiful hymn tune 'Deep Harmony' to more up-tempo pieces such as 'James Bond' and 'Birdland'
The audience (and band for that matter) were also treated to a very rare and special appearance of Gara-Pavarotti.
The evening rounded off with reditions of the traditional proms anthems. The band are now busy prepairing for their next appearance at the popular Constantince Brass on the Grass this Sunday (25th July) along with Camborne, Pendennis and St Keverne Bands, marching off at 6pm