The band’s concert at St George’s Hall in Liverpool on Saturday 16th April in aid of Clatterbridge Cancer Charity was out of this world!
Musical director Paul Andrews was on top form as he wowed the audience with a variety of numbers, including “Force of Destiny”, “Les Miserables” and “Liverpool Fanfare”, which was specially composed for the event by the band’s new resident composer, Adam Taylor.
Given the location of the concert, there were some Beatles numbers included, and as a mark of respect to the victims of Hillsborough, the band also played “You’ll never walk alone “, in a deeply thought-provoking finale.
Our guest soloist for the evening, David Thornton (principal euphonium at Fodens Band), impressed both the band and the audience with his virtuosic renditions of several pieces including “Czardas” and “In Christ Alone”, and played a beautiful duet with the band’s principal euphonium player, Chris Robertson, who is a student at the prestigious RNCM.
The concert closed with Sinatra’s “My Way” to a standing ovation from all the audience…I think Wingates Band have made some new friends in Liverpool!
The band raised in the region of £1400 for the charity, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the process!