PLAY DAY: To Infinity and Beyond
Travel Through Time and Space with Heswall Concert Band as They Celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a World Premiere
Formed 25 years ago by two friends, the late Les Stevenson and John Booth, the Heswall Concert Band has gone from strength to strength.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary the band is performing in Heswall Hall on Sunday 3rd October. Musical events start with a Play Day on Saturday 2nd October, inviting all woodwind, brass and percussion players to join the band for a full day of rehearsal and a concert performance the next day. It costs just £5 per player to join so do sign up and reserve a place by visiting our website.
The repertoire will have a definite space travel theme including Apollo 13, Mars, Halo and Star Trek, alongside favourites like The Greatest Showman and Chocolat.
Time travel will come in a newly commissioned piece from rising star composer Grace-Evangeline Mason (who also composed music for this year’s BBC proms). Sparked by the theme of friendship over the band’s quarter century of existence, it takes its title and inspiration from a poem The Safe Kept Memory by American poet Sara Teasdale: ‘Oh better than the minting/Of a gold crowned king/Is the safe kept memory/Of a lovely thing’.
‘It’s a very beautiful and slightly mysterious piece of music, like a walk in the dark woods’ said Vicky Mercer, the band’s principal flautist and secretary, ‘Actually it made me cry the first time I heard it ’.
‘Do join us either as a musician or member of the audience for what should be a great weekend and share the friendship’ said Becky Bell, the band’s musical director.
For more information see the Heswall Concert Band Website: www.heswallconcertband.co.uk
Festivities begin with this Play Day before a concert performance on Sunday 3rd. www.heswallconcertband.co.uk for further information and to reserve your place!