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    Oddfellows Brass Band

    On a very chilly Saturday evening in January we welcomed back the Oddfellows Brass Band to St Martin’s for another magnificent concert. Despite the adverse weather conditions, the Church was filled to capacity, the audience eager to listen to this very talented group of musicians. Thank you to all of you who ventured out to support us.

    For those unfamiliar with the band, it started as a youth collective under the name Unity Brass in 1981. Based in Markfield, it was founded by Musical Director Rob Boulter and he remains at the helm today. The band has qualified for the National Brass Band Finals on six occasions and have been on several international and European tours.

    We were therefore privileged to sit back and enjoy a programme based on music from films, and the band started with Aces High, the 1969 soundtrack of the film Battle of Britain. We sang along to a medley from The Sound of Music, some people testing their yodelling skills to The Lonely Goatherd. A very different piece was Endeavour, which takes its title from Captain James Cook’s ship in which he circumnavigated the globe. We listened to the haunting refrain Gabriel’s Oboe, the main theme from The Mission. With more music from The Battle of Britain and A Fistful of Dollars we were captivated by the range of sound, from the rousing to the sorrowful, demonstrating the versatility of the brass, woodwind and percussion sections.

    We would like to thank everyone who helped with refreshments, raffle prizes, and clearing up afterwards. The evening raised an amazing £723 towards the new Church Organ Fund.

    We look forward to seeing you at our next St Martin’s concert on 24th March when we welcome the return of the Wabash jazz band.

    Jane, Margaret, Tony and Ray.


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