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Gillingham Band hosted a concert with the prestigious Woodfalls Band on the 22nd June 2013 to great appreciation. The warm Saturday evening added to the electric atmosphere of the concert held for the first time at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton. Gillingham Band opened the concert with the March Goldcrest, followed by the equally upbeat Stevie Wonder number ‘Sir Duke ‘, The Band then rounded off their set with their interpretation of ‘Storm’ by rising new Composer Lucy Pankhurst, who commented on her twitter feed “WONDERFUL! Well played+thank you all very much! :) ” after seeing the performance online.
The Woodfalls band then took to the stage to wow the audience with La Fiesta, Overture Russlan & Ludmilla, A Fabulous Soprano Solo Lyrica. The band also performed the Music from Silverado, and finished their presentation with America & Somewhere, taken from West Side Story.
Launching into the emotive ‘Penlee’ by Simon Dobson, the joint bands, led by Paul Williams took the audience on a roller coaster ride depicting the terrible tale of the Penlee lifeboat disaster. The piece ends with the distant sounds of a ships bell and the bass drum and timpani dying away to nothing. So powerful was the performance there was almost half a minutes silence after the piece as everyone in the hall took in every last sound wave produced by the bands, before a rapturous applause, once again filled the air.
Then came the finale as the bands played ‘Fire in the Blood’ by Paul Lovett-Cooper, under the direction of Phil Randell. The Crowd was clearly left wowed and astounded, as shouts of ‘More’ were thrown in the direction of the performers. Members of the band also found the experience exceptional, and unmatched in recent years.
Nicola Sansom – Flugel: For those of you that think brass bands are boring take 10 minutes to listen to this. Hopefully you'll change your mind. It was a great concert
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At the end of August we embarked on a remarkable tradition – a six day journey to our friends in the Musikzug Viktoria Hille band from Germany. For 30 years Gillingham and Hille have been coming together.
Both bands came together in the local school to perform a brilliant joint concert – both bands began by playing their opposite country’s National Anthem and the audience was particularly impressed by the way Gillingham all stood and sung the ‘Queen’ with gusto whilst Hille played on.
Our bass trombonist Nigel Perrin then made a speech and presented Stefan Kruse from Musikzug Viktoria Hille with a lovely banner commemorating the 30 years of music making between our two bands. Hille’s Deputy Mayor Heinz Grannemann made a reciprocal speech welcoming us and presenting a bottle of sparkling wine, and a book about the area around Hille.
The two bands then came together to form a huge ensemble of nearly 70 musicians. Musikzug Viktoria Hille’s conductor Konrad Adamitz took the baton for ‘Young Amadeus’ whilst our MD Paul Williams conducted a selection of Polkas and the popular finale ‘Hootenanny’.
A late breakfast on Sunday and both bands met up again at a glorious location. There are five traditional Holland style windmills in the town of Hille, the town is famous for them and even the town crest has a windmill on it. Musikzug Viktoria Hille and Gillingham proceeded to entertain the crowds with an outdoors concert. The performance of ‘The Bare Necessities’ with our very own Pete Gatehouse on Eb Bass soling as Balloo plus our rendition of the James Bond hit ‘Skyfall’ went down very well.