St Nicholas Chapel, Lynn
What a great night of top-class brass band music to follow the ringing of the chapel bells for the first time proper in two years.
Under the baton of conductor Tom Davoren, the Fairey Band went through a varied programme of classical and more popular music.
After starting with the Fanfare for St Nick’s – 22 Angels by Downham composer Tim Watts, the band really got into their stride with some rousing numbers.
The Welshman Davoren substituted the Londonderry Air for Y Bore Glas following the defeat for his homeland in the rugby, but that gave a chance for Paul Hughes to shine on the corner.
We stayed in Ireland for Gaelforce, featuring the flugelhorn and another highlight of the first half was Brodzsky’s I’ll Walk With God, from The Student Prince.
After the interval, a real highlight was Josh Cirtina’s bass trombone playing in a jazzy version of Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King. How low could he go?
Actually, things got decidedly patriotic in the second half, with Elgar’s Nimrod and Pomp and Circumstance March No 4 building to an encore of Land of Hope and Glory ... indeed it could almost have been the last night of the proms!
A great night of entertainment before packed pews and well done to the King’s Lynn Festival for giving the refurbished chapel such a distinguished musical baptism.