Ash Parish Council


Guildford Friary Brass Band concert 2013

Saturday 16th November saw a first for Ash Parish Council with a concert at the Ash Centre, given by the Friary Guildford Barss Band.

The Concert was sponsored by the Ash and Blackwater Vally Rotary Club and all proceeds from the concert are to be donated to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

The concert in total raised in the region of 2,000 and Ash Parish Council would like to thank everyone who contributed to this significant amount.

The Friary Guildford Brass Band under Musical director and Conductor Chris King, played many well known numbers from the movies and also from the "Last Night of the Proms".

The concert started with Gershwin's Strike up the Band. The first half of the concert also included the theme from the film "The Mask of Zorro". Chris Straker played a Euphonium Solo, with out the aid of a musical score, a fantastic full version of "Rule, Britannia!" The first half of the concert was brought to a close by the evocatice "MacArthur Park".

The second half of the concert started with audience participation and the wonderful march from the film Bridge over the River Kwai, "Colonel Bogey". Audience participation was also very evident during the "Sailors Horn Pipe" part of the "Fantasia on British Sea Songs". This being very reminiscent of the "Last Night of the Proms".

This was followed by a rousing rendition of "Jerusalem". The concert was then brought to a close by " Pomp and Circumstance No1" including "Land of Hope and Glory"

Cllr Nigel Manning then thanked the Band and the audience for coming and revealed that 2,000 had been raised all of which would go to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

The Band then for the first time in the Band's history performed two encores, the first being Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" and the Liverpool Football Club anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone". With this, the very successful first concert ever held at the Ash Centre the concert came to a close.

However the good news is that Ash Parish Council and the Frairy Guildford Brass Band are already planning a further concert for 2014.


All pictures copyright Graham Bidwell