Wonderful write up given to us by the lovely organiser or the Music at St Giles concerts. Thank you, Jean!
We were so delighted to have a return visit by the Titanic House Band on Saturday May 6th, who gave their services free to help raise funds for Project 900. The capacity audience showed their appreciation of the band’s obviously joyful toe-tapping (certain dignified congregation members could be seen dancing at the back!), music -making by a standing ovation and a reluctance to have the concert end.
The ‘Titanics’ are a sixteen strong band based on the long-time tradition of Dutch college bands, the instrumentation made up of strings, brass, woodwind and keyboard, providing a pleasing sonority, and in this case enhanced further by a vivacious female vocalist. The programme consisted of the odd classical item added to a wide ranging repertoire of refreshing arrangements (by the band’s leader) of well known ‘standards’. I.e ballades, ‘swing’ numbers, and even a newly orchestrated ‘Beatles’ ‘oldie’. The singer provided a witty commentary on the various numbers and the oboe player, Richard Bailey, owner of the popular family-run Daisies Flower Shop in Jericho, rendered a singularly poignant and haunting solo with sensitive accompaniment by the band.