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Besses Triumphal with the RLPO
A resurgent Besses has now played to three delighted and packed houses in one week whilst supporting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (‘RLPO’). Earlier this week, the RLPO – just back from another triumphant visit to Bucharest – swept into the Royal Albert Hall with Besses for a sold-out Classic FM concert drenched in razzamatazz, cannons and fireworks. The Royal Albert Hall concert was recorded for broadcast on the radio on Friday 25 September.
Much of the same programme was then performed in two further sell-out concerts at the RLPO’s Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool in a celebratory atmosphere as the orchestra’s opener for this season.
The RLPO party programme included the world premiere of screen composer Nigel Hess’ specially-commissioned Celebration Overture, written for the orchestra’s 175th anniversary this year. Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto was played in gorgeous style by the orchestra, and with a lovely lightness by rising star, 25-year-old, Chinese pianist Ji Liu.
The other guests at the Phil, returning after Tuesday’s performance in London, were Besses o’ th’ Barn Band, whose current musical director is RLPO principal trombone Simon Cowen. They added a splash of red-lapelled colour to the platform, and boosted the concert’s brass complement to something like an ear-busting 34.
This was particularly effective in the closing pairing of the Triumphal March from Aida, and Tchaikovsky’s evergreen crowd-pleaser the 1812 Overture which, with the strings going hell for leather, percussion in full flight and a deafening wall of brass, might just have been heard in Moscow Drive, if not in Moscow itself. Stirring, nay explosive stuff.
Musical director Simon Cowen commented:
“The concerts were huge fun, and absolutely loved by the audiences. For the band, the experience of the last week has created a buzz around the bandroom which will last for quite some time.”
Besses helped Band Favorite, Geoffrey Blomerley , celebrate his 80th Birthday last week. The Band celebrated the occasion with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday before retiring for a few "lemonades" with Geoff at the Red Lion in Prestwich. The attached image is of geoffs Birthday Cake, which the Band enthusiastically helped Geoff to finish of at the next rehearsal, before all retiring en mass yet again to the Red Lion. The Tradition of players all joining each other for a drink after rehearsals is now apparently back with a vengeance. Not only does Besses MD lead Besses at the twice weekly rehearsals, but also is seen leading from the front in the race to the pub. All this cake, biscuits and then beer has started to make its mark on the Band, as the Tailor have been called in to alter Band jackets to allow a little more freedom to accommodate the expanding players waistlines .....................
Happy Birthday Geoff, and may there be many many more!
Facts about Geoff
As the reputedly oldest brass band in the UK still in existence, Besses is proud to announce that it has been asked to support the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the country’s oldest professional orchestra, in celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. In September the RLPO, Classic FM’s orchestra in the Northwest of England, will be presenting three concerts of popular classical music in association with Classic FM’s Hall of Fame programme. The concerts will be conducted by Vasily Petrenko, the RLPO’s Chief Conductor.
Classic FM returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 22 September 2015 with another of its celebrated live concerts, given by the RLPO. The same programme will also be presented in the RLPO’s own Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on both of Thursday 24 and Friday 25 September 2015.
Players from Besses will be augmenting the RLPO’s brass section to raise the roof in performances of the Triumphal Grand March from Verdi’s Aida and in the finale of each concert, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Besses o' th' Barn Band, under the leadership of Simon Cowen will return to the Ring O' Bells, in Marple Sunday afternoon, 16th August.
Besses love to appear at this venue with its amazing atmosphere.
Simon has put together a Program of Music to impress and entertain this venue's knowledgable and enthusiatic audience.
More updates to follow ......................................
And one for the Ladies .......... Crowd favorite, Jim Murray will be making yet another appearance to add to his amazing record as a Besses Legend
The image below shows Jim playing at the Ring O' Bells in 2010