Today was a day off for the rest of the RLPO. Not so for the brass section. We headed off for Knowsley to play an evening concert at Halewood Academy to play Carols with choirs from seven schools, two drama groups, an adult community choir and secular Christmas music too. Conducted by RLPO Principal Horn Tim Jackson. Tim is a very accomplished composer and arranger. We performed his arrangement of nine Movements from The Nutcracker which will be a main feature of our upcoming CD with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Brass Ensemble. We also performed some Xmas quintet arrangements and a fabulous new arrangement of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Tim. Tim’s plucky effort with his Xmas Cracker jokes was possibly narrowly exceeded by the quality of his arrangements. Simon Cowen surprised all the members of the ensemble and delighted the audience with a stand up routine that would have done both Les Dawson and Ken Dodd proud. You’re doing well Si but don’t give up the day job just yet! The audience was made up of Knowsley politicians, local business people, parents and teachers. At the end the schoolchildren and the brass ensemble received a standing ovation. Champion!Actually, this concert has been performed by the full RLPO for as long as I can remember, although only for a few years in this great new venue. The Orchestra has been working incredibly hard of late and just didn’t have enough hours to do the gig this year. The brass agreed on their day off to make sure the kids concert could go ahead with the same class of professional participation. It worked a treat!
The members of the ensemble this evening were:
Well done everyone!