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Saturday 16th 
October 2004
St Saviour's Church
Woodbridge Road, 
Guildford GU1 4QD

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Today's Background Music is from "A DISTANT TRUMPET (1964) 
"Main Title" (clip) by Max Steiner.

Programme   featuring new music and arrangements of blockbuster film soundtracks by local composer John Hughes.     >>>>>> Harry Potter, Star Wars, War Films, Superman, Spaghetti Westerns.... SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!                                                                   

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Harmonica arrives at the train station and faces three of Frank's killers.The concert contains a wide variety of famous film music and a special feature of the show will be tributes to two great film composers, Jerry Goldsmith and Elmer Bernstein who both died this year. Jerry Goldsmith wrote the music for hundreds of well known films and Surrey Brass will be playing his most famous score from “Star Trek”. Elmer Bernstein’s tribute will feature 
“The Magnificent Seven” and “The Great Escape”. As well as these timeless favourites, Surrey Brass have also commissioned special arrangements of movie music by the famous English film composer John Williams, from “Star Wars” and “Quidditch” from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. Since it’s all about movies, this show also plans to feature a big screen showing stills and clips from the movies whilst the music is playing, to add to your enjoyment.


War Themes Medley: 
"Where Eagles Dare", "The Great Escape", "633 Squadron"


"Sunday Traffic" (The City)

"Mission Impossible" (1966)

"The Magnificent Seven"

Toccata and Fugue in D minor 
(from "Fantasia" and "Rollerball")



"Also Sprach Zarathustra" 
from "2001 A Space Odyssey"

"Quidditch" from Harry Potter and the Philosospher's Stone

Theme from "Star Trek"

Theme from "Superman" (1978)

"Burnham Beeches" 
Original Music for Silent Film by John Hughes

"I Got Rhythm" (American in Paris, 1951)
"Star Wars"

Supported by RC Sherriff Rosebriars TrustSome of the music in the show has been composed and arranged by local composer John Hughes sponsored by RC Sherriff Rosebriars Trust. This is a provisional programme and is subject to development. Expect unprogrammed additions for your enjoyment!



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Venue Information

St Saviour's Church is located in the centre of Guildford, close to the railway and bus stations.

Radar - the UK disability siteThe church seats 280 people and is a very well appointed venue with excellent facilities  for everyone including the disabled, including easy wheelchair access, toilet and parking facilities. 

Tel 01483 455333 Fax 01483 456895

 There are three public car parks within 5 minutes walk in Guildford Town Centre. 

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music from the movies!"SuperBrass": Surrey Brass, St Saviour's Church Guildford, Saturday 16th October

Surrey Brass presented their second annual concert of "Music from the Movies" - a two hour presentation of the best of film music arranged for brass, at St Saviour's Church, Guildford on Saturday 16th October.

Surrey Brass were, for this concert, reunited with their principal music director Robin Smith after the lattter's sabbatical to the Middle East, and the obvious chemistry that has built up over the years between the two displayed itself for all to see - you could almost sense the "Welcome Home".

An evening of film music in the week that the film industry lost one of its superheroes was always going to be bittersweet but Surrey Brass responded with a spectacular musical tribute to Christopher Reeve's "Superman", which struck a wonderful audio-visual balance between celebration, tinged with a touch of sadness. With the echoing sounds of Surrey Brass and accompanying visuals, this particular Superman will forever leave the audience a sense of celebrating "All that's Right with the World"

The first half reflected the versatility of Surrey Brass with musical contrasts from a medley of war movies to the modern brass quintet version of "Mission Impossible" (did they book a latter-day Keith Moon on drum kit for this number?!). The audience provided the countdown to Barry Gray's "Thunderbirds" March which was contrasted by Bach's "Toccata and Fugue" (which featured, amongst others, in Disney's "Fantasia" and the 1970's cult movie, "Rollerball") which provided a real demonstration of this group's competence. If the Bach - a devilishly difficult transcription of organ music for brass by Eric Crees - was not technically perfect, then let us remember that the original, scored for organ, seldom hurdles live technical perfection - and this version is transcribed for brass. The final chord left the audience with a wonderful ensemble sound ringing in their ears and in eager anticipation of what was to follow.

Surrey Brass opened the second half with the fanfare from Richard Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra". Who could have grown up, (as this author did), awestruck by the Apollo moon landings without a tug on the heartstrings as the sounds from Stanley Kubrick's "2001 - A Space Odyssey" echoed around the perfect acoustics of St Saviour's? 

Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm" ("An American in Paris") provided a stark contrast to the former and illustrated the technical breadth of Surrey Brass' capability. John William's "Quidditch "recaptured the vivid scenes of "Harry Potter" amongst the many younger members of the large audience.

"Star Wars" completed the second half and the encore, demanded with loud cheers by this appreciative audience, was Louis Prima's "Sing Sing Sing", probably best known lately as the background music to a Guinness advert. I've no doubt that some such beverage was firm in the minds of the Surrey Brass contingent as they delivered the final number, good to the last drop, and who would deprive them?

Stephen Bishop

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