Manawatu Con­cert Band


Clas­sic rock, clas­sic big band, clas­sic clas­si­cal and clas­sic big screen themes fea­ture on Satur­day in a wide-rang­ing mu­si­cal pro­gramme. From movie mu­sic from the movie How to Train Your Dragon to the com­poser Rossini; from the pop­u­lar light or­ches­tral of Ron Good­win and the big band jazz of Glenn Miller, to the an­themic pop/rock of Queen, the award-win­ning Manawatu Con­cert Band’s Clas­sics! con­cert prom­ises an evening of fam­ily-ori­ented mu­si­cal fun.

Satur­day’s Spiers Cen­tre per­for­mance sees the re­turn of Peter Ellery to the con­duc­tor’s podium. Mu­si­cal di­rec­tor of the fa­mous Feild­ing Brass Band for 30-odd years, Peter took a break from the ba­ton to en­joy play­ing his trom­bone again. How­ever, af­ter play­ing as a mem­ber of the Manawatu Con­cert Band for a cou­ple of years, he has stepped back up front to be­come its mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, and now shares con­duct­ing du­ties with Stephen Wild­bore

‘‘This ensemble has been a fix­ture of the re­gional mu­sic scene for over 20 years, and is quite a dif­fer­ent beast to a brass band,’’ Peter says. ‘‘It com­bines wood­wind and brass which gives it a wide range of in­stru­men­tal ‘voices’ and a wide reper­toire.’’

It’s an am­bi­tious mu­si­cal pro­gramme. Set­ting chal­lenges for the band, the con­duc­tor says lifts per­for­mance while also making it in­ter­est­ing for the band’s mem­bers.

‘‘They have re­sponded re­ally well, win­ning a Gold and Run­ner-Up Most En­ter­tain­ing Band award at the 2015 Feild­ing Fes­ti­val of Bands.’’

Sev­eral of the pieces on Satur­day will fea­ture so­los that pro­vide band mem­bers with a chance to show their vir­tu­os­ity, while the au­di­ence will get to ap­pre­ci­ate the tal­ents of a top lo­cal mu­si­cal ensemble.

Join­ing in with a short com­ple­men­tary pro­gramme is Uke Box, Ash­hurst’s ukulele orches­tra.

Tick­ets for the 7.30pm con­cert at the Spiers Cen­tre are avail­able from band mem­bers or cash sales only at the door. Adults are $10, chil­dren and un­waged $5, and a fam­ily pass for two adults and three chil­dren, is $25.


Con­duc­tor Peter Ellery is back on the podium, this time in charge of the Manawatu Con­cert Band which per­forms this Satur­day night in the Spiers Cen­tre.

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