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Rhapsody in Blue

 Join the Co-operative Funeralcare Band, Scotland’s most successful competing brass band, for an evening of blue. From Mozart to Bruebeck, from the march to the waltz, the current Scottish champions will offer an entertaining evening of music exploring various shades of blue.

The concert, entitled Rhapsody in Blue, covers a truly diverse selection of music, featuring many of the band’s soloists. 


The colour blue features heavily in music. Not only is it used to describe a mood (‘feelin’ blue’), but it’s also used to denote particular styles like bluegrass and the blues. The band’s conductor, Bryan Allen, will lead the band in an exploration of everything blue.


So what’s on the programme? We don’t want to give too much away, but here’s a taster of what you can expect.


It wouldn’t be a brass band concert without a march, so the band will perform Hubert Bath’s Out of the Blue, the theme music for the BBC’s Sports Report since it first aired in 1948. We’ll waltz down the Blue Danube courtesy of Johan Strauss II, and remember the big band leader Harry James and his Trumpet Blues and Cantabile. Mozart’s Rondo a la Turk gets a special treatment thanks to jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, and we’ll whisk you away to the Appalachian Mountains with Dan Price’s wonderfully evocative Sunrise over Blue Ridge.For the true brass band fanatics, the band will play Gilbert Vinter’s test piece Spectrum, a celebration of all colours


It can’t all be about blue of course. The band’s soloists will take a slightly different tack, performing their favourite solos. Chris Flynn, the band’s exciting young principal euphonium player will perform Philip Sparke’s Pantomime, while the band’s principal cornet player Jim Hayes will offer a new arrangement of Napoli by Mark Freeh (which will feature on his new CD). Chris Davies, principal horn, will play the technical showpiece La Napolitaine, and the band’s soprano cornet player, Gordon Kyle, will offer a scintillating rendition of On with the Motley


Join us at the Old Kirk in Kirkcaldy at 7pm on Sunday May 15th for an evening of fine, blue-tinted music. Tickets are £8 or £6 for concessions, and can be bought on the door. The door opens at 6:30pm. Refreshments will also be provided. The band would love to see you there!

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