Watch some of the highlights From the evening
On November 13th 2021, Derwent Brass, conducted by Jack Capstaff, took to the stage in St. Peter's Church in Belper to perform "Night to Remember"; a concert in reflection and remembrance of armistice, and to support the Royal British legion in the year of their 100th anniversary.
Remembrance allows many an opportunity to stop and reflect, as well as celebrate life going on. Night to Remember aimed to balance a musical journey and narrative with emotive and reflective music crafted into a festival of remembrance.
In the first half, Derwent performed Davoren's 'Phoenix rising', fizzing with musical excitement of a band returning to perform to their sizeable local audience, 'Musica De Los Muertos', fresh from successful performances at Bolsover and Wychavon (having gained the 'most entertaining band award on both occasions)followed, and Butterworth's serene 'shropshire lad' quietly closed the first set.
The second set, in spirit of a festival of remembrance, the band took a musical narrative of loss, reflection, and rebirth. The set opened with Williams' 'Summon the Heroes' and Davoren's 'Legacy' in tribute to those everyday heroes who have kept society going over the past years, in particular the nhs, whose 60th anniversay Legacy was written for in 2018.
The Band went on to play nimrod, backed by emotive poetry from veterans on AV, Jenkins' 'for the fallen', with standards processing through the aisle, preluded a moment's silent reflection.
To the word's of Binyon "At the going down of the sun", Doss' 'Sunset serenade' provided somber yet beautiful relief before the finale from Mahler's 2nd Symphony ('The Resurrection') in the spirit of rebirth.
An emotive communal hymn of 'Abide with Me' and Bidgood's March, 'British legion' closed an excellent evening of musical celebration of remembrance, supported by over 200 in attendance, including Royal British Legion dignitaries, and the Mayor of Belper.
See the band in St. Peter's again this year, at "A Christmas Cracker", as seen on the events page. Much more news on that to follow.
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