Brighton and Hove City BrassWinners of the 2018 SCABA Spring contest- 3rd Section Nationally SCABA Band Of The Year 2013 & 2014 National Finals Qualifiers - 4th Section
Next Engagement: scaba Autumn Contest, The Hawth, Crawley - 30 September
Borde Hill Resonates to Beautiful Brass Band Tones
Brighton and Hove City Brass Band continued their summer programme on Sunday 19 August when they entertained an enthusiastic crowd
with a spell binding two-hour set at Borde Hill Garden in Haywards Heath, Mid Sussex.
On a warm cloudy afternoon, the stunning Azalea Ring, with commanding views across sweeping fields,
proved to be the perfect setting for the band led by Musical Director Matthew Hackett.
Around 100 strong audience, clapped, danced, sung and sometimes marched through their performance.
The mood was lifted by a perfect melody of four James Bond theme tunes, followed by Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and film classic Puttin' On the Ritz.
The set was brought right up to date with music from The Greatest Showman.
The performance closed with the ever popular and fast paced British Sea Songs which included the Sailors Horn Pipe
and an encore of local favourite good old 'Sussex By The Sea’.
Matthew said later ‘we enjoyed that and I think the band played very well, we do enjoy doing the Bond stuff especially our drummer.
We had very good support here today in a lovely location and I noticed people were clapping and stamping during the Horn Pipe.’
Standing Ovation at Eastbourne Bandstand
On Wednesday 29 August Brighton & Hove City Brass completed their summer season with a sell out evening concert on Eastbourne Bandstand.
Perhaps most of the audience were there to hear Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and watch the dramatic and spectacular firework display but
under the expert guidance of Musical Director Matthew Hackett the band took them on a musical journey
which demonstrated real versatility in their approach to such occasions.
The MD's rapport with the audience was clear to see as he kept the listeners informed with knowledgeable,
and sometimes witty, facts and stories about the music being played.
Matthew put the band through their paces with a programme that had something for everybody.
From Northern Festival and Trailblaze by Goff Richards to music from the theatre and big screen.
The Greatest Showman was there, as was Game of Thrones and The Incredibles.
Elvis was represented with his powerful An American Trilogy and Simon & Garfunkel with Sound of Silence.
To round the concert off there was, of course, the band's signature March Sussex by the Sea followed by some Prom favourites.
Elgar’s ever popular Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 with the well-voiced audience joining in the rousing 'Land of Hope & Glory'.
Excerpts from Sir Henry Wood's Fantasia on British Sea Songs was next with the clapping just about keeping up with the band during The Hornpipe.
William Blake and Hubert Parry's timeless Jerusalem showed voices were not wearing out as we got to the end of the concert.
The final piece was, of course, Denis Wright's masterful arrangement of the 1812 Overture.
The technically challenging score was met with gusto, accuracy and power with the audience tapping their feet
and the fireworks crashing overhead accompanying the final battle scene.
It was a breathless end to a pulsating concert that was enjoyed by all and prompted the (almost never-ending)
standing ovation from the most appreciative audience.
Afterwards there were many comments made to the MD by some exhausted but thrilled listeners about how much they hade enjoyed the concert
and how entertaining the band had been with the programme keeping their interest right to the end.
All in all a brilliant night for the band and for the willing and enthusiastic audience who turned out in big numbers
and ended the band's summer season for 2018 on an incredible high.
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Brighton & Hove City Brass are a brass band from the seaside resort of Brighton & Hove in Sussex, England. We regularly perform at a wide range of concerts, bandstands, fairs, garden parties and parades in the South East. We can put together a programme of music for a wedding ceremony, a retail shop opening, a corporate day or even entertain your customers in the local pub!
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