The Corn Exchange is the venue for tonight’s closing concert – good news with its ‘superior’ views from the balcony and generous amounts of daylight to help with the lighting. Tim Crouter is in charge as usual and the band play varied items from their wide repertoire, filling the spacious surroundings with the characteristic brass band sound. The hall is pleasantly populated with a substantial audience, in spite of attractions elsewhere (in Brazil).
The band are back again at Hadcaf following their very popular and successful concert last year in St. Lawrence’s. The venue this year is the John O’Gaunt School – probably more flexible for their needs but not providing the overhead view for photography which is so valuable at the church, and lacking its high ceiling and favourable acoustics.
A very enjoyable concert which would have kept the Apollo Big Band’s many fans well satisfied.
Chris White plays some of the famous saxophone solos from his time with Dire Straits and recounts stories from his life as a musician.
A traditional scene at Froxfield with Phoenix Brass outside on a fine summer afternoon on the village green (well in the car park of the Memorial Hall) in rural Wiltshire (just). Musical Director David Watson is in charge for the occasion.
First up tonight it’s back to St. Lawrence’s Church for Kennet Opera and their Delight in Singing concert. They perform a range of opera choruses and solo items supported with great energy from the piano. I’ve not had the chance to get into the church to tone down the altar floodlight so I have to avoid the glare as best I can.
At the interval I transfer to the nearby Croft Hall to make sure there is some photographic support in place – all is well with stills and video recording already taking place so I take a few shots of Max Hunt at the keyboards, initially performing piano works but later bringing in complex synthesiser sounds to standards such as Bohemian Rhapsody. Max is also joined by Hungerford’s own Danica Trim who immediately impresses with her powerful voice. She performs compelling covers of Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush songs but mainly features tracks from her first CD which she has written herself, with Max helping out on the production. My brief visit lasts to the end of the show!