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Heroes and Villains Concert Series - Spring 2024

Our Summer concert series for 2024 centred on an exciting theme of Heroes and Villains which we performed right across South Devon including a debut performance at The Little Theatre, Torquay on the Friday 25th May. The following day, Saturday 25th May, saw us return to The Watermark at Ivybridge where we were welcomed back by the very organised Theatre Director, Jackie Drew. The following weekend on Saturday 1st June we played on home turf at the Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth.

With an abundance of heroic and villainous characters to choose from, we carefully selected a varied an interesting programme which would please, excite and scare our our audience and sometimes even the band too. Our interpid Conductor, Former Royal Marines Band Sergeant and Volunteer Band Instructor, Colin Crossman lead the band through the programme which included themes from Batman the Dark Knight, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark - Indiana Jones, Skyfall - James Bond, Morse, The Dambusters March, Dr Who (everyone tried to hide behind their seats!) William Tell - The Lone Ranger, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Pink Panther, The A-Team, Porridge, Lucy Long and the Band of Brothers. So, quite the programme of thrilling music! The Flute section was ably lead by our principal flute, Rose Sage with Heather Sprowell, Hannah Jordan and Beth Boobyer making up the rest of the team, played a wonderfully light rendition of the tunes from Harry Potter that entranced our audiences with the beautiful clear sounds of the flutes resonating across the comfortable seats of all three theatres.

As ever, we had a couple of surprises in the programme, literally, including a Where's Wally? style competition which required the audience to find Fletch (aka Ronnie Barker) from that loved 70s TV series Porridge who was hiding in the bottom right hand corner but was not actually included in the list of pieces being played. Our stage technician Bill Hunt prepared an exciting montage of movies and images for the entire concert, which is no mean feat. The inclusion of imagery always adds to the flavour of our performances and brings it to life in a sort of second dimension. We like to keep our audiences engaged.

The Band is made up of a mixture of people including Teachers, Doctors, Dentists, Students, Royal Naval Officers, Retail Managers, Army Personnel, Retirees and many other professions and occupations. But we are very proud that the Band is now made up of an equal complement of male and female musicians and that the youngest is Tenor Sax player, 15 year old Charlotte Wilde who joined us very recently and the oldest is 88 year old Trombone player Bill Hersey who joined us nearly 15 years ago! Charlotte missed the first two concerts because of a very important national rowing competition at which her team came third. She also won her race at a different rowing competition on the same day as our last concert, the following weekend. So, Charlotte is a winner and our very own Hero, well done Charlotte!

Heroes and Villains Concert Series  - Spring 2024
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