Leader :: Tom Field Conductor :: Maurice Powell Patron:: Charles Guard
Sunday 3rd December 2017
Celebrating 100 years of orchestral playing on the Isle of Man
In aid of ManxSPCA
Royal Anthem & Manx National Anthem
Overture The Thieving Magpie
Concerto for Saxophone
Soloist Chris Sullivan
Jewel song From Faust
Non Piu Andrai from The Marriage of Figaro
Pa, Pa, Pa from The Magic Flute
Soprano Karen Elliott Baritone Matthew Quinn
Entrance of the Montagues and Capulets
Singin’ in the Rain
Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty
We decided this year to celebrate 100 years of orchestral playing on the Isle of Man with a Family Gala Concert. We chose a variety of music with the aim to entertain the family audience with some unexpected features. The concert was a great success. Below is our Musical Directors feedback to the orchestra.
Arr. Geoff Nicks
Capriccio Espagnol Rimsky-Korsakov
“The feedback from our Gala Centenary Concert was enormously encouraging. The general reaction seems to have been, that the orchestra has never sounded better, and that the programme pleased everyone.
I wonder how many orchestras anywhere in the World have ever received such acclaim?
We seem to have got everything right. The saxophone concerto and Chris’s playing was very well received, with many expressing the view that ‘I didn’t know a saxophone could sound like that!’ The opera extracts – and particularly Karen Elliott’s feathery costume, which was worthy of the great and extravagantly dressed Florrie Forde herself – were much enjoyed.
Charles Guard has received a wonderful warm and appreciative letter from Government House which echoes many of the sentiments expressed by members of the audience.
I was particularly pleased with the way we performed the Delius piece, accompanied the
operatic items and rose to the challenges of the Rimsky-Korsakov, all tests of musicianship which you passed with flying colours. The lighter pieces were all played with real style and communicated that sense of fun and pure enjoyment which is the essence of the repertoire.”
For more information about the islands history of orchestral playing you can purchase a copy of Maurice’s book Encore! Which is a fascinating read covering the orchestral playing from it’s beginnings in The First World War.