THERE was something for everybody when the Alton Concert Band gave their spring concert at Crondall Village Hall on April 30 under the expert baton of conductor Jeremy Morrish.

A varied programme kicked off with a rousing rendition of The Dambusters March and was rounded off by highlights from the soundtrack of the ever-popular film Pirates Of The Caribbean.

In between these the audience was treated to a selection of favourites from the musicals Guys and Dolls, The King And I and My Fair Lady, along with a jazz medley of Duke Ellington standards.

The trumpet section of the band was showcased in virtuoso performances of Trumpets Wild and Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday.

While everyone was captivated by Goff Richards’ mesmerising Doyen, Jitterbug set the feet tapping and there was a sense the audience was joining in with Beyond The Sea and Moon River.

There was even a nod to Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee year with the Queen’s favourite arrangement of White Cliffs Of Dover.

The female Dulcet Tones and their male counterpart Altones from the Church of St Lawrence in Alton shared the stage to provide some entertaining barbershop vocal numbers.

Money raised from the evening will go to the Crondall Village Hall restoration fund and to the Sailability Activity Centre at Frensham Pond Sailing Club.

Pictured are trombone player Paul Fyfe and euphonium player Clive Hicks.

The Alton Concert Band rehearses weekly at the Alton Community Centre and is always looking for competent musicians to join it.

It is a friendly group of amateur musicians founded in 2010 which plays a wide variety of light and classical music, including music from the shows, jazz and swing.

The band plays in support of local and national charities including the RNLI, Winchester Night Shelter, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, Home-Start WeyWater, St Michael’s Hospice, the Alton Town Mayor’s Community Fund and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre in Alton. It also performs at Christmas in Alton.

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