Top brass brings touch of class

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on November 23, 2017

WESLEY Church on Duke Street will resonate with the echoes of brass instruments and an organ for a unique concert event this Friday and Saturday night.

The City of Albany Band will present Organ-ised Brass on November 24 and 25, a performance showcasing the magical combination of brass and organ with a range of songs, hymns and solo presentations.

Soloists will include Peter Younghusband, Sandra Woonings, Cynthia Van Dongen, Patrick Elms and Mark Davenport.

Organ player Patrick Elms is a pianist by trade and learned the organ in his late teens.

He began his City of Albany Band career in 1978 for a brief two-year period, then returned in 2007.

Elms will star in a solo performance and says the concert will be worthwhile listening to.

“It will be loud,” he laughed.

“The brass band and organ will go well together, as they started together traditionally with Salvation Army hymns, which will feature in the concert.

“It will be an eclectic performance and a good quality concert; I encourage people to come along and support our local artists.”

Conductor Colin France is keen for the band to revisit the Wesley Church after six years.

“We last performed here in 2011 and it was well received, so I’ve been wanting to do another concert here since then,” he said.

“The best organ in town is here and it marries well with the brass instruments, so we’re in for a night of good music.”

Tickets to Organ-ised Brass can be purchased at Uptown Music at the top of York Street or on the door.

The concert kicks off at 7.30pm on Friday night and at 2pm on Saturday afternoon.