Helston Town Band took to the stage at the Penryn campus performance centre on Friday night to accompany Jack Curnow in his final performance of his music degree. Jack has been a valued member of HTB for many years and the band were delighted to be able to assist him for such an important performance.
Jack played the euphonium solo ‘Benedictus ‘ to kick off the concert, followed by the euphonium duo ‘Another Fine Mess’ with his band mentor Kevin Johns. This amount of euphonium features irked our Solo Trombonist Lester Ashton, who mid-way through the concert decided he had had enough and insisted he be allowed to play a trombone solo. This prompted a rendition of ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ with Lester as the soloist. Not to be outdone, Jack ran off stage and showing his versatility as a musician, returned with his own trombone to take up the solo role, also decided to sing the last part of the piece. This really annoyed Lester, who walked off stage, prompting the majority of the band to do the same.
A quartette of players loyal to Jack remained on stage and performed what was widely considered the best piece of the evening (quality not quantity) before Jack managed to persuade the rest of the band to return to the stage.
Jack then sang ‘Do Nothing ‘til You Hear From Me’ with band before playing the classic euphonium solo ‘Blaydon Races’ and finishing up to big applause with Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual’ with Jack again playing euphonium, trombone and singing during the course of the piece.
As mentioned, the band were delighted to be able to play for Jack and we wish him the best of luck in gaining the good grades that judging by Fridays performance he certainly deserves.