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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
Some 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!
"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?
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