Throughout 2011, the Concerts in Cathedrals series is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion. Over 40 cathedrals in England and Wales will host concerts, with the Central Band performing five of them.
With a long trip to the bewitching county of Cornwall, the fourth of the Central Band’s cathedral concerts was staged at Truro Cathedral. The ‘Heroes’ concert was dedicated to the eight servicemen from Cornwall killed on duty in Afghanistan and the presence of their families as guests of honour added a particularly poignancy.
The Central Band shared the stage in Truro with a number of local artists. The cathedral’s head chorister began the concert with ‘O for the Wings of a Dove’ and there were also performances from the Steve Panter trio and Jonathan Delbridge on piano.
It was also a night for the Central Band’s soloists to shine. Elaine Ball gave a hauntingly beautiful performance of ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’, the trombone of Paul Coker served up a dazzling rendition of ‘The Rose’ and Tim Mulkern took to the pulpit with his trumpet to play ‘High on a Hill’.
The scorching ‘Slavonic Rhapsody No. 2’ demonstrated the dexterity of the Central Band’s clarinet section before the audience stood to sing ‘Jerusalem’, Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s famous setting of William Blake’s poem.
With the audience in fine voice the Central Band shamelessly played to the local crowd with the song of the western men, ‘Trelawny’. The Cornish men and women didn’t disappoint as they belted out the words:“And shall Trelawny live? And shall Trelawny die? Here’s twenty thousand Cornish men Will know the reason why!”
A unique end to an emotional but uplifting concert.
See also: BBC News
The Central Band will be playing in one more cathedral in 2011:
- Rochester Cathedral – 1st October
As part of the Concerts in Cathedrals series, the Central Band have already played at: