Band and local soprano hit all the right notes

ST VIGEANS church hall played host to another evening of excellent music when a local brass band was joined by a well-known soprano.

The Arbroath and District Brass Band teamed up with soprano Maggie Findlay on Friday for a wonderful performance of show tunes, popular music and classic favourites.

The fun kicked off with conductor Mike Robertson leading the band in a rousing rendition of ‘Circus day’.

The round Norman arches of the St Vigeans nave were then filled with the rich, mellow notes of the solemn ‘Ave verum’ before the solemnity was brought into stark contrast by the springy swing of ‘Lightwork’.

Maggie Findlay was on excellent form, vibrant and fluid as she sang ‘Smoke gets in your eyes’ and ‘Beautiful dreamer’, ably accompanied by Alison Hart on piano.

Principal euphonium player Christopher Robertson provided a confident solo , ‘Blaydon races’ from the pulpit, completely unfazed by his exposed position.

The ‘Soul bossa-nova’ was full of Latin rhythm and the musicians swaggered their way through the tune with obvious enjoyment.

Another member of the Arbroath and District brass band, Gregory Chaplain, took this opportunity to play the first of two piano interludes beginning with a prelude by Chopin.

The band rejoined the action by belting out ‘New York, New York’ which successfully conjured up a confident stroll down 5th Avenue, although, it might be said the band missed a trick by not having a singer for this one.

In the second half, a soulful all-brass version of ‘Hey Jude’ put a new twist on an old favourite and the ‘Magnificent Seven’ called up images of Yul Brynner and black hats.

Maggie Findlay exceeded expectations with a wonderful a capella ‘Ae fond kiss’ that soared beautifully in the pin-drop silence.

Gregory Chaplain’s performance of Mozart’s Sonata number 8 in A minor was excellently executed with passion and drive.

The evening rounded off ‘Can’t help loving that man’, which saw Maggie accompany the band for some easy swing with a good bit of Broadway oomph and finished with the cavalry charge of a tune that is the William Tell Overture.