From our launchpad at the Palace Theatre in Paignton, it was a countdown from 10 until those familiar words were uttered "we have lift off" and then we blasted off on our journey 'Around the World in 80 minutes'! With our amazing audience on board, we began our adventure in Space with 'Altsro Sprach Arathrustra', looking down at planet Earth, weighing up the extent of the journey ahead. Talking of weighing up, once back on terra firma, it was all aboard for a sea crossing to that famous American Naval march, 'Anchors Aweigh'. With a quick visit to Cornwall on the way and the unmistakable foghorn of the 'Padstow Lifeboat' it was off to Spain to that lovely Bossa Nova, 'Spanish Eyes' and then onto to Italy for an 'Italian Festival'. With the festivities of Italy behind us and a flypast by 'The Luftwaffe' and that great march written by Ron Goodwin, it was a hot and sandy transit down through the Red Sea to the Eastern notes of 'Lawrence of Arabia'. Then it was time to doff our hats to 'The Lion King' as we sailed onto Africa. After that, it was off to Singapore for a 20 minute Stop Over.
Our first port of call after the Stop Over was to Australia and a wonderful Clarinet Solo 'Variations of Waltzing Matilda' played by our Lead Clarinetist, Mark Norley. Then it was a long sea crossing over to South America and a visit to the Falklands Islands as we played the 'San Carlos' march written by former Royal Marines Principal Director of Music, Lt Col John Ware. Then it was up to the United States of America to a medley of famous tunes from the musical 'Chicago' written by local composer John Keys. After that it was a visit to 'Oregon' via the North Pacific Railway and the amazing Fantasy piece of the same name written by Jacob De Haan. After that it was another long sea voyage over the Atlantic to that well known slow march based on the Rod Stewart song, 'Sailing'. After a smooth passage across the Ocean, we docked in Scotland for a visit to 'Edinburgh Castle'. Then it was back to Southern England for our finale and the all too famous Rugby Football theme tune 'The World in Union'. Our journey concluded of course, with the march past of the Royal Navy, 'Hearts of Oak' and the 'National Anthem', God Save the King.
Thank you to our fantastic audiences in Paignton and Dartmouth, we look forward to seeing you all at our Christmas Concerts when we will have the most spectacular programme for you.