Foden's star soloists go down a storm

On 18th April Gillingham Imperial Silver Band were honoured to welcome Glyn and Helen Williams to North Dorset for a brass band workshop and feature concert. Held at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton, the afternoon's workshops hosted participants from 7 local bands as well as GISB's own senior and training bands. Glyn and Helen, both highly successful brass band conductors and soloists of international acclaim, imparted some of their wealth of knowledge to the participants, whose ages ranged from 9 years old to over 75! 
In the evening the audience at The Exchange were treated to some delightful solos from both the Foden's Band stars, including James Curnow's "Rhapsody for Euphonium", "Myfanwy" and "La Belle Americaine" from Glyn on Euphonium, and "Share My Yoke" and the flamboyant "Children of Sanchez" from Helen on Flugel Horn. Helen is no stranger to Gillingham, having visited the bandroom in 1997 as Principal Cornet of the Marple Band, shortly after their famous win at the British Open. 
One of the highlights of the evening was a Euphonium duet, "Deep Inside the Sacred Temple", featuring Glyn and GISB's very own Stuart Ingham. 
As well as accompanying the soloists most ably, GISB also performed a varied programme including their signature march "The Australasian", Albert Ketelbey's delightful "In a Persian Market", and a current concert favourite, "Conga del Fuego Nuevo". 
The evening was rounded off with a finale which saw all the day's workshop participants on stage as a massed band, conducted by Glyn Williams. With a selection of music based around a movies theme, the massed band performed music which most of them had learnt from scratch during the day - including "Circle of Life" from the Lion King, "Concerto de Aranjuez" from Brassed Off, and the wonderfully upbeat "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. 

The band owe huge thanks to Glyn and Helen for giving up their time and energies for the workshops and concert. Huge thanks also to our Supporters' Club for providing a delicious buffet to feed all the workshop participants in the afternoon. Many thanks also to the wonderful volunteers at the Exchange, and to our audience for supporting us!

Watch this space for more events like this in the future!

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