Enfield Band at Crewe – Saturday 14th March 2009

Garry AmbroseReports

Karl Newton, Jonathan Corry and Les Neish

On Saturday 14th March, Enfield Citadel Band travelled from its North London home to the Cheshire town of Crewe for an evening of quality music making. A guest soloist for the evening was tuba virtuoso, Leslie Neish, who attends The Salvation Army at Crewe along with his fiance, Debbie. Leslie is pictured, right, with Bandmaster Jonathan Corry and Crewe bandmaster Karl Newton

Enfield Citadel Band provided a feast of music for the evening, with something to satisfy all tastes. Bandmaster Jonathan Corry whisked the band through exciting pieces including the overture to The Magic Flute (Mozart arr. Kenyon), The Present Age (Leslie Condon), Kaleidoscope (Rimsky-Korsakov arr. Bowen), Ad Optimum (Peter Graham) and Quintessence (Robert Redhead).

Leslie, a Besson artist and principal tuba of Foden’s Band, contributed three incredible solo items, Serenade from The Student Prince (Romberg arr. D Catherwood), Czardas (Monti arr. J Corry) and Everybody Should Know (D. Catherwood), topped off with an impromptu solo encore showcasing his superb facility on the tuba , utilising multiphonics and stratospheric sounds.

The evening finished with the obligatory signature march of Enfield Citadel Band, The Red Shield.

For the British Bandsman

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View video of Les Neish playing with the band at www.tuba-artist.com