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Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Off Key Big Band @ St Oswald's Church, Hebburn.

I can't remember the last time I heard a big band concert in Hebburn so tonight's performance in St Oswald's Church by the Off Key Big Band was, I suppose, a first.
They're a relatively new band who hold a weekly rehearsal in the church and I think it's fair to say they are still finding their feet. However, their enthusiasm is infectious and they totally captivated the audience who were "of a certain age."
The program was very Glenn Miller orientated although the two girl singers, Joanne Kanser and Abbie Stewart, did offer a more contemporary approach. Stephen Fay went down the Sinatra, Bublé, Darin route but his gags were lost for many in the cavernous interior of the church.
Featured soloists included John Gilderoy (trumpet); Bethany Sanderson (clarinet); Simon Sheard (alto); Amy Swann (flugel) and Battler Britton (tenor). Musical Director was John S.Fay.
Highlight of the evening for most of the audience was the Wartime sing-along done with such patriotic fervour that I wondered if perhaps the German football team were planning to invade St James Park!
A pleasant evening with a sumptuous buffet provided during the interval.
Lance.

1 comment :

George Masters said...

Yes I was at the Off Key Concert on Saturday at St Oswalds Church (But Not "Of a Certain Age!") It was a great night with a well balanced show.
It is good for a church to be used for other than services and you must admit the show was well supported.
As you say it was an excellent buffet (and what only £4-00?)
Tell me where in Newcastle can you get that?

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