LCFB plays Birmingham Symphony Hall

LCFB on stage at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, November 2011

LCFB on stage at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, November 2011

LCFB brought its 2011 season to a close on 29 November with a successful visit to the Symphony Hall in Birmingham to play to an audience of some 1,500, gathered for the Extra Care Charitable Trust 2011 World in Union Concert. The event also included other special guests Tom O’Connor, Rustie Lee, Gary Lovini and Kirsty Michele Anderson amongst other well known artists.

The band featured in a number of cameo spots, and Bandmaster David Daws’ leadership ensured generous applause from the initial sparkle of Bandology, the signature march from the band’s CD of the same name, through to the Proms feature that closed the programme.

The band’s second spot show cased Breezin’ Down Broadway, which had the audience tapping their toes and enjoying songs from well known Broadway shows, followed by a testosterone packed brass and vocal version of Hello Dolly! that was rewarded by a loud ovation of appreciation. Jim Rogers’ warm, honeyed tone in the flugel horn solo What a Wonderful World followed and took the audience to a quieter, reflective place of appreciation.

The Grand Finale of the event featured the band leading a Proms section, during which the audience took full opportunity to sing along to Jerusalem and a selection of carols, enjoy an accomplished cornet solo by Dave Thomas, who played Nessun Dorma, and engage in a spell of national appreciation through Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance, which seemed to be accompanied by hundreds of swaying Union Jacks.  To conclude the Proms feature nationally acclaimed soprano Kirsty Michele Anderson was accompanied by the band in performing I Vow to Thee My Country – a delightful and moving ending.


– TJS November 2011