Manx Marvels - 17th May 2011
Rushen Silver Band and Leyland Band serve up Isle of Man treat. John Doyle and John Kinley take the baton on a night of great music and great fun, following two days of workshops.
At the invitation of the Rushen Silver Band - click here to view the band's website - Leyland enjoyed a fabulous weekend of music on the Isle of Man (13th/14th/15th May 2011).
Long time member of Leyland's percussion section of the 1990's, John Kinley is now the condcutor of the Rushen Band, and with the help of professional musical advisor Richard Evans, he is forging the band into the most entertaining on the island. Through the connection with John, Leyland were delighted to be asked to join Rushen for a weekend of music making, culminating in a joint gala concert in the Gaiety Theatre Douglas.
John said - "I can only say what a thrill it was to conduct my 'old band' along with my 'new(ish)' band - never thought when I played for Leyland all those years ago that I'd ever get to stand in front of them with the stick (no jokes about giving brass players a pair of sticks when they can't play anymore and then when they can't do percussion , take another stick away, thank you :) It was also an unexpected privilege to rejoin the ranks of Leyland's percussion section temporarily on Saturday night again.
It was also lovely to see how the spirit of the band is still the same , it was like I'd never been away - Nice people - all so supportive of my players as well which was great!"
John Doyle was accompanied by Leyland Principal Euphonium Philippe Schwartz, percussionist Ben Thomas and horn player, Andy Moore, flying to the island on Friday 13th (!) to attend Rushen's rehearsal, in preparation for the joint concert. The following morning the quartet were out and about holding workshops with Rushen's training band, an experience John particularly enjoyed. The rest of Leyland Band flew out Saturday in time for an afternoon rehearsal with, and first chance to meet our hosts. Both bands hit it off and it was clear the evening concert was going to be one to remember.
Rushen took to the stage first, and featured euphonium soloist Martin Norbury performing Bravura by Peter Graham. Martin had a huge hand in organising the event and Leyland's participation, and all at Leyland offer sincere thanks to him for his efforts.
Leyland then served up their solo offering, begining with the exciting "Le Corsair". Leyland's own euphonium virtuoso, Philippe Schwartz thrilled the audience with his performance of "Harlequin", and not to be outdone, soprano Matt Balson showed his great musicality in his solo "Flowerdale". John Doyle put the baton down to pick up his trumpet and breeze the "People" (from Funny Girl) joined then by 3 others on trumpet in "All Night Long" - which turned out to be an accurate prophecy of the after concert party!!
Click here to see a review of the concert