Setting the mood with the rousing Summon the Heroes overture followed by the appropriately chosen concert march Navy Blue, the relentless opening continued with the ever popular overture Plymouth Hoe. Who could not fail to be impressed by the sparkling finger-work seen right across the band! Next followed a change of direction – from the impressively large saxophone section three of the players took the lead to play out the haunting Scottish-style melody Alladale with its subtle percussive accompaniment from within the band. New solos also featured; the unmissable Jon Yates (trumpet) being joined by Ian Kingshott (a recent addition to the trombone section) as the audience were invited to join much of the band to provide a vital off-beat clapped backing. Later in the second half Ian Thomas (tenor saxophone) had a major feature in the big band classic Sounds Like Sinatra and the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir provided delicate contrast through some well-chosen numbers sung on their own and accompanied by the band.
However, for many in the audience, a number of whom proclaimed the concert to be “the best yet”, the traditional finale which offered a moving presentation of the evening hymn Eternal Father followed by Sunset, and the flag-waving patriotic Britannic Salute remained firm favourites.
Next Tony and the band perform again locally at the Berry Theatre, Hedge End on Sunday 15th February. However, at this smaller venue, tickets are likely to sell out fast so make sure you swiftly secure yours to avoid disappointment! Click on the link in Events on our website for ticket information.