What a fantastic night had by all at our debut performance at The Watermark Theatre, Ivybridge! The band opened the night with the National Anthem, followed by the superb John Williams fanfare, Olympic Spirit. Once opened, it was a gallop onto Dartmoor 1912 the main theme from the film War Horse and then onto something salty with 'Picconautical', where we heard Rose and Heather performing a breathtaking piccolo duet. The incredible Donna-Marie Broomfield was then welcomed onto the stage who took everyone on a journey through 'story and song' which told us the history of the beautiful numbers ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’. The first half rounded with an outrageous Hootenanny where the Clarinet section donned their chicken hats for the ‘Chicken Reel’, a brilliant show for woodwind solidarity. After that excitement it was eyes down look in and a deep breath for the whole of Crown Imperial, phew, they all certainly needed a break after this!
After a short interlude, the band played through the stunning Lustspiel Overture which was followed by a clarinet feature ‘Clarinet Escapade’ that saw Rose and Heather putting down their flutes and picking up their clarinets. We like to keep our flautists on their toes. After welcoming Donna-Marie back onto the stage, we heard a fun arrangement of ‘Matilda Goes Walkabout’ which featured our solo clarinet player, band leader and one liner maestro, Mark Norley.
The rousing Finale included Jerusalem, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Pomp and Circumstance and Auld Lang Syne, all of which was sure to have everyone waving their flags and singing along. Our brand new audience had such an amazing time, that they even requested an encore, thanks lovely people of Ivybridge!
A fantastic night was had by all. Ivybridge and the wonderful staff the Watermark Theatre, we can't wait to see you again at Christmas.