Suffolk Concert Band (President Martin Bell OBE)
Conducted by John Welton
Saturday 5 October 7.30p.m. in Woolpit Village Hall
The Suffolk Concert Band were formed in 1967 with some members, and the music collection, from the original Suffolk Regiment Band. They still wear the Regiment’s colours of red and yellow. John Welton the conductor – one of 3 Royal Marines bandsmen performing on this occasion – was for a time the Bandmaster of the HMS Ark Royal.
So with all those connections it is very appropriate that this year the band are giving us a concert to remember the 80th anniversary of the start of World War Two – with some extra interest. The concert will start with some video footage of Woolpit in the 1940’s played to Elgar’s Nimrod (from the Enigma Variations) – a piece that is always played at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. It will continue with video excerpts from Chamberlin’s speech “Peace in Our Time” and then go into lighter mood with the songs “Who Do You Think You Are Mr Hitler” and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”. Churchill’s speech” I have nothing to offer you…” , Roosevelt’s speech after the attack on Pearl Harbour and Churchill’s valediction to the war are all included in a first half that includes many other familiar tunes from the war-time period.
The second half will begin with music from the films “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan” – the haunting Hymn for the Fallen. And conclude with a medley of marches and Big Band music from the 1940’s.
It will be a concert with a difference!