Friary Brass Band Concert – June 2023
Saturday 24th June 2023 saw the welcome return to the Ash Centre of the Friary Brass Band for a free concert in celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III.
The band opened with The President, before MD Nigel Taken made his debut concert appearance. The varied first half continued with Prelude on Tallis, Appalachian Mountain, The Lord Bless You & Keep You, I Know Him So Well, Balkan Dance, Can You Read My Mind and The Catskills brought the first half to its finale with Riverdance, leaving the audience tapping their toes into the interval.
The completely appropriate Coronation March continued the programme, followed by Mill On The Cliff, Manhattan Skyline, Rule Britannia, I Vow to Thee My Country, Crown Imperial, Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 which was accompanied by enthusiastic flag waving.
In response to demands for an encore, the evening rounded off with Toccata in D Minor, leaving the audience and the band breathless.
A collection was held for the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust (APC charity for the year).