As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, Nottingham
Concert Band (Robert Parker) staged a special ‘Playday’ on Saturday,
enabling 60 enthusiastic members and guest players to work on some challenging
additions to the band’s repertoire.
Heading the day’s vibrant programme was a new work by
British composer Philip Sparke. ‘A Nottingham Festival’ has been
commissioned by Nottingham Concert Band to mark its anniversary, thanks to
funding from Flint Bishop Solicitors.
Held in Wollaton’s Kingswood Methodist Church, the
Playday was steered by Robert Parker, supported by a team of instrumental
specialists. Annette Negus worked with the flutes and oboes, Chris McDouall with
the clarinets and bassoons, Colin Smith with the brass section and Ashley
Parnell with the percussionists, whilst Robert himself ran sectionals for the
horn and saxophone players.
day closed with a celebratory tea party and an informal performance for band
friends, families and the local community. The audience were treated to some
exclusive ‘bites’ from ‘A Nottingham Festival’, supported by extracts
from Finzi’s ‘Lyric Suite’, ‘New York’ by Nigel Hess, the Wasson
arrangement of Badelt’s themes from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, and
‘Goldilocks’ - a fairy tale with a twist featuring guest narrator David