Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

RGS Wind and Brass Evening

RGS Wind and Brass Evening

Following a moving evening of war pieces commemorating the centenary of the start of the war in last year’s event, an enjoyable evening was had at this year’s Wind and Brass Bands Concert. Members of the Blue Note Concert Band and the RGS Concert Band treated the audience in the Miller Theatre to an evening of Celtic inspired music. The evening started with the powerful “Legend of the Irish Giant” from the Blue Note Concert Band, followed by a lighter “Celtic Air and Dance”. The first half ended with music from the Pixar film “Brave”, set in Medieval Scotland. The RGS Concert Band continued the Celtic theme with the energetic “March of the Irish Dragoons” and “Gaelforce” which featured impressive folk-playing from James Ferrier on flute. “Celtic Ritual” showcased a wide array of virtuosic percussion, lead by Matthew Mackeller, as the mood of the piece changed throughout from dark and mysterious, through aggressive to ethereal  sections, all at a large range of tempi.  The “Air from County Derry” echoed the “Londonderry Air” line heard earlier from the junior band, before “Oh Danny Boy, the pipes the pipes are calling”…and indeed they did call.  The   concert was brought to a close with three movements from the rousing “Cry of the Celts”, a fitting end to a great evening of music. The Skill of the performers in both bands was evident, as was the hard work carried out by all the members. 
By Henry Mattinson and Timmy Welsh