After an afternoon seeing the excellent Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman musical ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ the evening was an entirely different yet still very enjoyable musical evening provided by the Didcot Choral Society and the Blewbury Brass Band.
The choral society started the evening off with a selection of mostly folk songs which sounded excellent in a choral setting, with ‘Alton Water’ and the Tyneside folk song ‘The Keel Row’. The remainder of the first half was taken up by the Blewsbury Brass Band and they opened the second part of the show. The band encouragingly included a lot of youngsters in their ranks, a couple of who did solos including a young lady on trombone on ‘The Acrobat’ in the second half. Very impressed by the soloists and indeed the band overall.
They chose a good mix of well know tunes including ‘Cruella de Vil’, a piece from ‘Carmen’ and ended their main set with ‘The Floral Dance’ (a song that made the singles chart twice – in 1977 with the Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band and then in 1978 with Sir Terry Wogan).
The choral society came back for an ‘Oklahoma!’ medley which the choir seemed to have great fun performing. They were joined by the brass band for the evening’s finale of a Beach Boys medley. It sounds like it shouldn’t work but as the old adage says a good song can be performed in any style and so it proved with the four Beach Boys songs – ‘I Get Around’, ‘In My Room’, ‘California Girls’ and ‘Fun. Fun, Fun’. The choir and band worked well together and a great end to a very enjoyable evening’s music. You can’t beat live music, even more so when you have musicians gathered together showing their skills and love of music, impressive it certainly was and support live music folks!