Otago Daily Times

Brass band hits the road

CLIN­TON

- RICHARD DAV­I­SON richard.dav­i­son@odt.co.nz

ABOUT 60 Clin­ton res­i­dents were re­galed with a selec­tion of Christmas car­ols per­formed by Bal­clutha Brass on Thurs­day night.

The hour­long con­cert marked the first time in sev­eral years the 12­mem­ber band had played outside Bal­clutha, and it was en­thu­si­as­ti­cally re­ceived by the au­di­ence despite a cool early even­ing breeze.

Band pres­i­dent Dale An­der­son said the event could sig­nal a re­turn to tour­ing for the ensem­ble — al­beit on a mod­est scale.

‘‘We thought not much has hap­pened down here in Clin­ton for a while due to Covid, and de­cided to bring the sound of Bal­clutha Brass back down here.

‘‘We’d like this to be the first port of call in get­ting out in the com­mu­nity a bit fur­ther, and bringing brass back to the wider district.’’

The club, which was founded in 1886, used to op­er­ate two full­size bands and a sep­a­rate dance band.

Al­though to­day’s ensem­ble was more com­pact, Mr An­der­son said it com­pen­sated for lower num­bers with the ta­lent, ex­pe­ri­ence and sheer en­thu­si­asm of its mem­bers, aged be­tween 12 and 90.

En­joy­ing a bag of hot chips while they watched were Clin­ton cou­ple Mar­ian and Reg Smith.

Mrs Smith said it was im­por­tant for au­di­ences to support vis­it­ing per­form­ers.

‘‘It would be lovely to see more of this sort of thing around the district. Covid has done for so much this year, so it’s just nice to get out.’’

She was look­ing for­ward to hear­ing Hark the Her­ald An­gels Sing, her favourite carol; her hus­band, how­ever, was happy with any carol.

‘‘They’re all about equal to me.’’

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 ?? PHOTO: RICHARD DAV­I­SON ?? Sea­sonal cheer . . . Bal­clutha Brass mem­bers (from left) Jil­lian Breach, Bill Cross, Cassie Winslade (12) and Dale An­der­son play car­ols for Clin­ton res­i­dents on the town tri­an­gle on Thurs­day night.
PHOTO: RICHARD DAV­I­SON Sea­sonal cheer . . . Bal­clutha Brass mem­bers (from left) Jil­lian Breach, Bill Cross, Cassie Winslade (12) and Dale An­der­son play car­ols for Clin­ton res­i­dents on the town tri­an­gle on Thurs­day night.
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