The Laira Youth Brass Band



A concert to raise funds for the Woodside Animal Sanctuary was enjoyed by a capacity audience at Woodford Methodist Church.

What has become an annual event at Woodford, The Laira Youth Band and The Sir Joshua Reynolds Choir joined forces in a musical evening which on this occasion raised much needed funds for the Plympton based charity.

The Band started the evenings’ entertainment with the Sousa march, ‘The Liberty Bell’, whilst the Choir’s first set included the Carpenters hit ‘Top of the World’  and the Barry Manilow number ‘One Voice’.

‘Spanish Eyes’, and a Henry Mancini selection from the Band was followed by another Carpenters song ‘Close to you,’ from the choir.  Choir soloist Kirsty McEvoy then delighted the audience with ‘Sing, joyous bird’ by the Edwardian composer Montague Philips.

The Laira Youth Band’s next set included ‘Spanish Gypsy Dance’, a selection of Tom Jones hits, and the rip-roaring ‘Breezin’ down Broadway’. Adding variety to the programme, Mary McFarlane from the choir added a humorous reading which preceded more musical items, including an audience sing-a-long of WW1 songs.

Towards the end of the concert, Carol Bowles MBE from Woodside spoke about the Animal Sanctuary and also thanked all concerned for making the evening a success. In all, over £500 was raised from the concert which concluded with the Band and Choir joining forces in the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Tony Hollick was responsible for putting the Band through their paces while the choir was directed by Jenny George with Anne Kalas at the piano.

If you're a young person playing a brass instument or drums living in Plympton then come and join us.

Thursdays at Woodford Methodist Church. 01752 216784 for further detail

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