Best of British Anthems

Best of British Anthems


Posted 2023-10-05 by Gillian Chingfollow

Fri 27 Oct 2023

Listen to the regal sounds of Brisbane Excelsior Brass Band, considered one of Australia's premier brass ensembles, as they perform the Best of British Anthems at the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) on Friday 27 October at 7.30pm.

The Show will feature a repertoire of some of the Best of British Anthems with notable musical inclusions such as 'Pomp and Circumstance', 'God Save the King', 'Nimrod,' and 'Dam Busters',

The Brisbane Excelsior Brass Band has a long and rich musical history having in 1912 at the time of the Tramways Strike of the same year and began contributing to the cultural and recreational fabric of Brisbane. Amongst its credentials is the fact that the band are impressively the only brass band to have won four consecutive Australian National Championship titles and two New Zealand National Championships.

I asked Ban Tubb-Hearne who plays Solo Horn about the upcoming Show at the RPAC and here's what he had to say.

What drew you to select British anthems as the centrepiece for this show?

It's been a big year for our friends in the UK - coronations don't happen very often and we thought that this was an exciting occasion to celebrate. The British have a beautiful way with music that creates a sense of pride and celebration without being tacky! Iconic classics such as 'The Dam Busters March' and 'Pomp and Circumstance' can't help but get your feet tapping and we think it's as fun to listen to as it is to play on the stage. Plus, our collaboration with a fantastic live piper and the Watkins Academy of Irish Dance allows us to explore even more iconic repertoire from the British Isles. Who doesn't love Riverdance?!

It seems to be the perfect fit for a brass ensemble of your renown. What do you think?

Brass Bands started their life in Great Britain - frequently in the coal mines - so this whole concert is a wonderful fit for the good ol' British Brass Band. It's a very special moment when you hear a brass band play "O Danny Boy", and there are other golden moments like this in this programme that showcase just how versatile the humble - and occasionally underrated - our ensemble can be. Plus, our band is a wonderful mix of many nationalities including English, Welsh, Scottish - so it's a bit like coming home to play all the classics we grew up with.

What have been some of the challenges and surprises of this material and putting the show together?

The hardest thing about putting this show together was the programme - there are so many classic British Anthems that we could have chosen from that coming up with a final list was nearly impossible! Using the unbridled knowledge of our guest conductor (Englishman Howard Taylor) we're sure that we've created a concert programme for everyone as well as featuring some of our world-class soloists.

How do audiences react when they hear the songs?

With rapturous applause! But seriously, no matter where you're from in the world, it's hard to not tap your feet along to a good traditional British march or to hum along with Highland Cathedral. Live music is so important, especially in a post-COVID world as it unites us and makes us feel things. We love watching our audiences enjoy the music as much as we do and we can't wait to see hundreds of people on the night enjoy an evening of British Anthems.

To see and hear the band perform for yourself, tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131 or visiting the site here . (Please note that booking fees are $5.30 by phone and $6.40 online per transaction). The Show starts at 7:30 pm.

The Redlands Performing Arts Centre is located at 2/16 Middle St, Cleveland QLD 4163, 30 kilometres from the Brisbane Central Business District.

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