Leader: Tom Field


Conductor: Maurice Powell


Patron: Charles Guard

Family Gala Concert


Sunday 3rd December 2017

Villa Marina


Celebrating 100 years of orchestral playing on the Isle of Man


In aid of ManxSPCA


With Soloists


Saxophone

 Chris Sullivan


Soprano

 Karen Elliott

&

Baritone

Matthew Quinn

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

Les Miserables


INTERVAL


Finlandia

Singin’ in the Rain

Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty

Sleigh Ride

La Calinda

Capriccio Espagnol

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.



Programme

Arr. Geoff Nicks

Rossini

Glazunov


Gounod

Mozart

Mozart



 Prokofiev

 Schonberg



 

Sibelius

 Freed/Brown

Tchaikovsky

 Leroy Anderson

 Delius

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.”

Maurice


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.

Books by Maurice Powell