City of Christchurch Concert With Canterbury Brass
The Plainsmen held another very successful combined concert with Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass on the 28th of May 2016 in the Middleton Grange Auditorium. A full house enjoyed a variety of brass band and barbershop music based on the theme "The City of Christchurch". Right from the Prismatic Visions that the band played at the start through to the final fun O When the Saints where the audience joined in with gusto (and then demanded an encore), this was a night with something for everyone. A potted history of Christchurch was portrayed through the music and the accompanying images which gave the audience many nostalgic moments. There were fun moments such as the band's Hornpipe Humoresque but also serious moods created when the Plainsmen sang Mansions of the Lord and A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square. The excellent mixed harmony group Accord under the direction of Debbie Scott sang Can't Buy Me Love and You Raise Me Up The evening also featured the debut performance of the newest Plainsmen quartet, Chance Encounter. John Buckler gave a brief history of The Plainsmen and barbershop singing in Christchurch and we also had an excellent address from former Christchurch mayor, Garry Moore. A particularly memorable part of the evening was the piece 7.1 played by Canterbury Brass. This was composed by their musical director Dwayne Bloomfield in recognition of the Canterbury earthquake experiences in 2010 and 2011. It started with the deafening (and disturbing for some) sound of bass drums placed round the auditorium and finished with the haunting ringing of an unanswered telephone. I congratulate Gary Kennett who developed the idea for this concert and carried that through to produce a very memorable evening. Click here to see a copy of the full programme which was printed with the sponsorship of Initial Realty Ltd.